Kevin Sullivan- 2000 Olympic Games

Kevin Sullivan- 2000 Olympic Games

Kevin Sullivan- 2000 Olympic Games

Kevin Sullivan
Ann Arbor, Michigan - Ann Arbor's Kevin Sullivan qualified for the the 2000 Olympic Games August 12th at the Canadian Track & Field Championships in Victoria, British Columbia. Kevin won the Men's 1500 Meter race which automatically qualified him, since he has already made the 'A' Standard time. RunMichigan was able to talk with Kevin Sullivan about the Canadian Championships and his preparations for the Olympics in Sydney, Australia.

RunMichigan: - How does it feel to be the Canadian 1500 Meter Champion and a member of the 2000 Canadian Olympic Team?

It feels great to be the Canadian champion this year since I haven't won our national championships since 1995. Making the Olympic team was more of a relief than a huge emotional victory. I had pretty much known for the last year that as long as I stayed healthy and didn't make any dumb mistakes at the trials that I would be on my way to Sydney.

RunMichigan: - What was your goal going into the 2000 Canadian Track & Field Championships?

Make the team. That was my only concern, which for me meant finishing anywhere in the top four.

RunMichigan: - Did you think going into the race that you could win with a 3:46 or did you think you would have to run faster?

Without Graham Hood (3:34 last year, 3:33.94 PR) in the race due to injury I was ranked number one in the country by 10 seconds so I was not anticipating a fast race unless someone decided to make an attempt at the Olympic standard which would have been fairly ambitious for most of the guys in the field.

RunMichigan: - Can you describe how the 1500 meter finals unfolded?

The pace actually started out solid. We were 43 seconds at 300m but then the leaders slowed down and ran 17 sec for the next 100m (60 seconds at 400m). The pace continued to slow on the second lap to 66 seconds (2:06 at 800m). I moved to the shoulders of the leaders and went to the front at 500m to go. I hit the bell at 2:53.5 and 1200m at 3:06. Then I just powered down the backstretch and accelerated coming of the last bend to close in 53.0 for my last 400m.

RunMichigan: - What did you do different in 2000 to prepare yourself for the Championships?

I really didn't do anything different. The only major differece was that I headed out to the trials about a week ahead of time where normally I only come in the day or two before. Without Hood contesting the championships I really didn't do any kind of taper and pretty much trained through the trials.

RunMichigan: Now that you are a member of the Canadian Olympic Team, what are the most important things you need to do before you take off for Australia?

I just need to stay healthy and remain consistent in my daily schedule and training. The last thing I want to do now is make any drastic changes to a program that is obviously working very well.

RunMichigan: What type of training will you do once you get to the Canadian Training camp in Austalia?

I will get to Australia on Sept 1, and much of my training will become more speed oriented 800m type workouts with a few 1500m pace workouts thrown in there to mix things up. I also plan on running two races while I am there, one on Sept 10, and the other on Sept. 17. I will probably run one 800m and one 1500m, with the possibility of adding one more off distance (800m or 1000m) race at a twilight meet if I feel I need it.

RunMichigan: Have any of the Olympic tune-up meets been setup yet in Australia?

As I stated above there are the meets on Sept 10 and Sept 17 that I plan on running in and there are also a number of twilight meets in the area of our training camp (Couran Cove, near Brisbane).

RunMichigan: What will your racing schedule be for the Olympics?

Heats are Sept 25, Semifinals are Sept 27 and the Final is Sept 29.

RunMichigan: How fast do you feel you will have to run in the 1st round and Semi-finals to reach the finals?

It's very hard to tell how any race is going to go at a major championships. The race could be anywheres from 3:33 to 3:46.

RunMichigan: What do you feel will be your greatest challenge at the Olympics?

The biggest challenge for me will probably be remembering to treat every single race like it is the final. I really feel this is one of the keys to getting through the qualifying rounds.

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Canadian Track & Field Championships 2000
Centennial Stadium, Victoria, British Columbia, Canada

Event 8 Men's 1,500 Meter Run

* Cdn Champ Recor: 3:38.06 JOHN CRAIG SHERBROOKE 1979
% World: 3:26.00 HICHAM EL GUERROUJ MAR 1998
$ Olympic: 3:32.53 SEBASTIAN COE GBR 1984
@ Cdn Outdoor Rec: 3:31.71 KEVIN SULLIVAN ROME 2000

Preliminaries - Results - Friday 08/11/00
12 Advance: Top 4 Each Heat Plus Next 4 Best Times

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1 Sullivan, Kevin ON WINDSOR LEGION TC 3:48.72 1
2 Benghezal, Sami AB REGINA-MUNDI 3:50.14 2
3 Klassen, Allan BC KAJAKS TFC 3:49.37 1
4 Krama, Ahmed BC KAJAKS TFC 3:50.39 2
5 Hayden, Ryan BC KAJAKS TFC 3:49.46 1
6 Tremain, Rich ON WINDSOR LEGION TC 3:50.47 2
7 Bima, Tom MB ECHO ATHLETICS 3:49.93 1
8 Brannen, Nathan ON TRI-CITY TRACK CLUB 3:50.75 2
9 Alkin, Wes ON TRI-CITY TRACK CLUB 3:50.22 1
10 Marcotte, Francois PQ C.A. SHERBROOKE 3:50.43 1
11 Bakal, Chris ON UNIVERSITY OF TORONTO 3:51.11 2
13 Babiuk, Craig BC ISLAND PACIFIC RACING 3:53.15 1
14 Sexton, Scott BC COMOX VALLEY COUGARS 3:53.95 1
15 Cardle, Peter BC VALLEY ROYALS TFC 3:54.26 2
16 Dejongh, Simon Unattached 3:55.59 1
17 Luckhurst, Jonathan AB EDMONTON THUNDER 3:55.60 2
18 Blanchard, James NS HALIFAX WANDERERS TFC 3:57.25 1
19 Debardi, Stephen PQ MONTREAL OLYMPIQUE 4:07.83 2

Finals - Results - Saturday 08/12/00

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1 Sullivan, Kevin ON WINDSOR LEGION TC 3:46.59
2 Tremain, Rich ON WINDSOR LEGION TC 3:47.59
3 Hayden, Ryan BC KAJAKS TFC 3:49.16
4 Brannen, Nathan ON TRI-CITY TRACK CLUB 3:49.28
6 Bima, Tom MB ECHO ATHLETICS 3:51.21
7 Benghezal, Sami AB REGINA-MUNDI 3:51.29
8 Bakal, Chris ON UNIVERSITY OF TORONTO 3:51.42
9 Klassen, Allan BC KAJAKS TFC 3:51.82
10 Marcotte, Francois PQ C.A. SHERBROOKE 3:52.25
11 Alkin, Wes ON TRI-CITY TRACK CLUB 3:53.90