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Ronnie Delany, Melbourne 1956, Gold - Men's 1500 Metres
In 1956, Ronnie Delany became the seventh runner to join the club of ‘four-minute milers’.
Delany qualified for the Olympic 1500 metre final, in which home runner John Landy was the big
favourite. Delany kept close to Landy until the final lap, when he started a crushing final sprint,
winning the race in a new Olympic record. He remained Ireland’s last Olympics gold medal winner
until Michael Carruth in 1992.
John Treacy, Los Angeles 1984, Silver - Men's Marathon
In the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics, John Treacy crowned his athletics career with a silver medal won
in the Men's Marathon. Carlos Lopes of Portugal lead for much of the race. The Irish athlete
gradually worked his way up the rankings until entering the LA Coliseum Stadium just behind
second-placed British athlete Charlie Spedding. Treacy overtook Spedding and the commentary of
Jimmy Magee will go down in history: "An Olympic medal goes to John Treacy from Villierstown in
Waterford; the little man with the big heart!"
Michael Carruth, Barcelona 1992, Gold - Welterweight
Michael Carruth, the southpaw from Dublin, defeated the much-fancied Cuban Juan Hernandez
Sierra in a thrilling final to win gold in the Barcelona Games in 1992. Carruth's medal was Ireland's
first ever gold medal in Boxing, only a couple of hours after team-mate Wayne McCullough had to
settle for the silver in Bantamweight. It was also the first Olympic gold medal for Ireland since
Ronnie Delany won the men's 1500m event at the 1956 Olympic Games in Melbourne.
Sonia O'Sullivan, Sydney 2000, Silver - Women's 5000 Metres
Sonia O'Sullivan began her running career in Ballymore Running Club, in her native town of Cobh.
She was one of the world's leading female 5000 metre runners for most of the 1990s, and early
2000s. In the 5000 metre Final at the Sydney Olympics, after an enthralling sprint finish, O'Sullivan
won the silver medal behind Szabo in a national record time of 14:41.02. She became only the
second Irish woman to win an Olympic medal, after Michelle Smith, and the first Irish track and field
Olympic medalist since John Treacy took silver in Los Angeles in 1984.