Sonia O’Sullivan: Marcus O’Sullivan one of my real heroes

Cork man richly deserving of his Athletics Ireland Hall of Fame award

Marcus O’Sullivan, right, battles it out with  Steve Ovett  of Great Britain  during the 1500 Metres  at the 1984 Olympic Games in Los Angeles.  Photograph:  Tony Duffy/Allsport

Marcus O’Sullivan, right, battles it out with Steve Ovett of Great Britain during the 1500 Metres at the 1984 Olympic Games in Los Angeles. Photograph: Tony Duffy/Allsport

A few years ago, I got a call from Athletics Ireland asking me would I accept their Hall of Fame award.

At the time I’d only recently stopped competing internationally; I was actually still hesitant about announcing my retirement.

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