Athletics: O'Sullivan's summer plans still undecided

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Sonia O'Sullivan, who outpaced the Olympic 5,000 metres gold medallist Gabriela Szabo to win the Balmoral Road Race on Saturday, is yet to decide what distance she will run at this summer's European Championships in Munich.

The Irish runner completed a unique double in the 1998 championships, winning both the 5,000m and 10,000m golds.

While Paula Radcliffe, who has twice set world five-mile records to win the Balmoral Race, last week said she would be running the 5,000m at the Commonwealth Games and the 10,000m in Munich, O'Sullivan believes she has plenty of time to pinpoint her ideal distance.

"It's too early to say what I will run at the Europeans," O'Sullivan said. She feels her preparations for the summer season are going to plan after giving birth to her second daughter, Sophie, at Christmas, but she insisted that she will not be overdoing her training, something she believes led to injury after the birth of her first child, Ciara, in 1999.

O'Sullivan, who fought blustery conditions to complete victory, said: "I am just a lot more relaxed about it this time. Two years ago I was trying to prove I was superwoman. This time I am not pushing so hard."

John Mayock won the 4km race with a late burst to pip the Australian Mike Power. Both clocked a time of 10min 59sec.

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