Coghlan soaked up the joy of a victory lap, then picked up his trophy and tried to slip away. "My wife and kids are waiting...." An hour later he was still politely signing autographs. "Really, I've got to go. My wife and kids...."
Nearby, O'Sullivan was talking of how Coghlan had taken him under his wing in his first years of big-time running and been a friend ever since. "You can't help but aspire to be like him," said O'Sullivan. "I couldn't help but smile as I crossed the line. I had given everything I had, and I was just so happy for him. It's good to see the old fella back again."