Catherina McKiernan confirms her status as a world class athlete by winning the London City Marathon.

Just months earlier, Catherina recorded the fastest ever marathon debut time in Berlin and since then has had her sights on the London race. 

Catherina was the race favourite to win the race and ran alongside her race rival Britain's Liz McColgan for much of the race before making a break for the finish line. At the twenty mile mark, McKiernan took the lead. The 28-year-old from Cornafean in County Cavan passed the finish line in a time of 2 hours 26 minutes and 26 seconds.

After the race, Catherina told RTÉ News of her joy at the outcome of the race before receiving a phone call from President Mary McAleese who was one of the first to congratulate her. 

Victory in this prestigious race, only her second marathon, means Catherina McKiernan's time has finally come confirming her status as a world-class athlete.

An RTÉ News report broadcast on 26 April 1998. The reporter is Clare McNamara.