Sonia O'Sullivan is the first Irish woman to win a gold medal at the European Championships with victory in the 3000 metres.

Sonia O’Sullivan’s triumph at the European Athletics Championships in Helsinki may herald a change of fortune for women’s athletics in Ireland, as up to this only silver and bronze medals had been won by Irish female runners.  

Speaking to RTÉ News Sonia O’Sullivan expresses delight and excitement at her achievement. Facing into the race she was aware of defending champion Yvonne Murray’s strengths and also what it would mean for Irish athletics if Sonia herself was to win.

I just wanted to go out there and run, and if I got that gold medal then they can tell me all the stories afterwards.

Sonia O'Sullivan will also go into the history books as the last European gold medallist in 3000 metres, as the category is being subsumed into the 5000 metres event. 

An RTÉ News report broadcast on 10 August 1994. The reporter is George Hamilton.