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    Sonia to run for Australia?,

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/athletics/4440333.stm

    O'Sullivan closes on Aussie move

    Irish athlete Sonia O'Sullivan is a step closer to representing
    Australia at next year's Commonwealth Games.
    O'Sullivan is set to lodge her application for residency, which will
    in turn lead to an attempt to get Australian citizenship.
    The 35-year-old hopes dual nationality would enable her to still
    compete for Ireland in other competitions.
    "I don't know how long it will take - hopefully it will be fairly
    quickly," said her coach and partner Nic Bideau.
    "There is nothing we can do to control it but just see what
    happens."
    Bideau added that if residency is granted, pressure can be brought
    to bear to speed up the application for citizenship if it can be
    shown a delay could have an adverse effect on the applicant - known
    as the "hardship" system.
    The pair believe the Commonwealth Games Federation's constitution
    should open the door to the former world and European 5,000m
    champion being eligible to compete in Melbourne.
    Sonia never gave any indication she would retire

    One of the articles in the constitution says: "A competitor who is a
    citizen or subject of two or more countries at the same time may
    represent either one of them, as he/she may elect."
    Bideau also said that citizenship would make the time O'Sullivan
    spends each year in Australia more conducive to training.
    O'Sullivan spends six months each year training Down Under and
    currently only qualifies for a visa that runs for three months at a
    time, forcing her to leave the country in order to renew it.
    Bideau himself is Australian, the pair have two Australian children
    and also have homes in both England and Australia.
    While the Australian trials for the Commonwealth Games take place in
    February, O'Sullivan is looking to compete in more long-distance
    road races and might hope to earn a discretionary spot on the team
    courtesy of her previous record.
    At the moment Sonia is interested in testing herself in the
    marathon

    O'Sullivan finished last in the 5,000m final at the Olympics in
    Athens after suffering from a badly upset stomach, but there was
    speculation she may retire.
    Instead, Bideau confirmed she is now relishing the challenge of the
    marathon, in which she will compete in London this Sunday, although
    her future on the track is uncertain and it is possible she may not
    return to track racing.
    He said: "Sonia never gave any indication she would retire - that
    was the media.
    "She was ill in Athens but then came back to win her next race (the
    Flora Lite 5k challenge).
    "It (the marathon) is a new challenge for her.
    "At the moment she is interested in testing herself in the marathon.
    She is enjoying training and she likes to run far.
    "Who knows where that may lead? Maybe Beijing but that is
    three-and-a-half years off."
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    they are welcome to her

    another example of why we love losers

    better warn them about her trots problem

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    Isn't Queenstown still part of the Commonweath?
    They say what about the meek?
    I say they’ve got a bloody cheek

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Good Son
    Isn't Queenstown still part of the Commonweath?

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    famous sonia o sullivan actual quote from the radio(rte) during one of her races
    (tony o donohue ?)

    sonia had just taken the lead on the last lap and in his excitement the commentator said "and sonia o sullivan opens her legs to show us her true class "!!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by the 12 th man
    famous sonia o sullivan actual quote from the radio(rte) during one of her races
    (tony o donohue ?)

    sonia had just taken the lead on the last lap and in his excitement the commentator said "and sonia o sullivan opens her legs to show us her true class "!!!!
    I'm sure that's an old Colemanballs quote - whoever it was must have been taking the píss...
    If you attack me with stupidity, I'll be forced to defend myself with sarcasm.

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    Abandoning her own country...hardly the first Cork person to do so.
    "Love many, trust few, always paddle your own canoe." Dillo

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    Quote Originally Posted by TheJamaicanP.M.
    Abandoning her own country...hardly the first Cork person to do so.
    was about to post the same thing, seems to be the fashion in Cork these days to dump your nation Heh heh heh

    I am evil today!!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by kerr's tribe
    was about to post the same thing, seems to be the fashion in Cork these days to dump your nation Heh heh heh

    I am evil today!!!!
    relax lads...queenstown is not part of the republic

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    Running? Down Under?

    Has she got the sh1ts again?

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    The Aussies don't take too kindly to losers either

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    Will the competition be as tough at the commowealth games though?..maybe she thinks she has a chance but to run for the Aussies is a bad decision..she is getting bad advice from somewhere..and by the way lads Sonia has been absolutely fantastic for Ireland..some of you are hard cases slagging her off after what she ALONE has done for athletics in Ireland..well done Sonia..

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    she has been refused. she is getting on a bit anyway, 35 i think? Fair play to her, she did pretty well for coming from a small nation with very little funding, emphasis on track athletics

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