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Irish Runner Magazine - 100 Sub 4 Miles for Marcus O'Sullivan - February 1998

Marcus O'Sullivan - Century of Achievement

Irish Runner Magazine, February/March 1998 - Vol 18, No 1, P22-23

 

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Marcus O'Sullivan featured on Cover of Irish Runner Magazine, February/March 1998

 

 

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Millrose Games

It was a lot like old times at Madison Square Garden on Friday 13 February - Marcus O'Sullivan was the first athlete to address the post-race press conference.


The modest Corkman may not have won the 1998 Wanamaker Mile, but his 3:58.10 third place made him only the third man ever to post 100 sub-fours - and the US media wanted to know immediately how it felt to make history.


'There's a great sense of relief now that this target has been achieved,' Marcus answered. 'I began to focus on the dream (of achieving 100 sub-fours) about five years ago when I was thinking of retiring from athletics. I was cleaning out my basement when I came across the trophy I won for my first sub-four, in Chapel Hill in 1983. I then started counting the number of times I had broken four minutes - it was 76.


'That's when I decided to go for the 100, which means entry to a pretty exclusive club - only John Walker, Steve Scott, and now myself have achieved the target. It has helped greatly to keep me motivated over the past several seasons.'


Now O'Sullivan is a fully fledged member of the club - since New York he has actually notched sub-four number 101, this time in Australia. Steve Scott, incidentally reached 136, John Walker 124.

Marcus O'Sullivan's 101 Sub-4 Miles

#DateVenueTime 
1 Jan. 22, 1983 Chapel Hill, NC 03:58.8 Indoor
2 Jan. 28, 1983 New York, NY 03:59.1 Indoor
3 July 13, 1983 Cork, Ireland 03:56.7  
4 July 20, 1983 Luxembourg, 03:59.6  
5 July 3, 1984 Cork, Ireland 03:56.1  
6 July 21, 1984 Oslo, Norway 03:55.8  
7 Jan. 19, 1985 Johnson City, TN 03:57.1 Indoor
8 Feb. 9, 1985 East Rutherford, NJ 03:57.1 Indoor
9 June 9, 1985 Villanova, PA 03:54.1  
10 June 24, 1985 Belfast, N. Ireland 03:56.7  
11 July 9, 1985 Cork, Ireland 03:52.6  
12 July 23, 1985 Edinburgh, Scotland 03:56.4  
13 Aug. 2, 1985 London, England 03:57.3  
14 Aug. 30, 1985 Brussels, Belgium 03:59.3  
15 Jan. 17, 1986 Los Angeles, CA 03:58.4 Indoor
16 Feb. 1, 1986 Dallas, TX 03:57.4 Indoor
17 Feb. 8, 1986 East Rutherford, NJ 03:57.3 Indoor
18 Feb. 14, 1986 New York, NY 03:56.0 Indoor
19 Feb. 21, 1986 Inglewood, CA 03:57.2 Indoor
20 Feb. 28, 1986 New York, NY 03:57.3 Indoor
21 June 30, 1986 Belfast, N. Ireland 03:58.5  
22 July 8, 1986 Cork, Ireland 03:53.5  
23 July 11, 1986 London, England 03:54.6  
24 Aug. 6, 1986 Dublin, Ireland 03:58.5  
25 Sept. 12, 1986 London, England 03:54.1  
26 Jan. 30, 1987 New York, NY 03:56.5 Indoor
27 Feb. 14, 1987 East Rutherford, NJ 03:57.7 Indoor
28 Feb. 21, 1987 Inglewood, CA 03:56.9 Indoor
29 June 4, 1987 Madrid, Spain 03:59.4  
30 July 4, 1987 Oslo, Norway 03:54.3  
31 July 7, 1987 Cork, Ireland 03:58.8  
32 July 15, 1987 Barcelona, Spain 03:56.3  
33 July 20, 1987 Belfast, N. Ireland 03:59.3  
34 Aug. 19, 1987 Zurich, Switzerland 03:52.8  
35 Jan. 22, 1988 Johnson City, TN 03:57.8 Indoor
36 Feb. 5, 1988 New York, NY 03:56.9 Indoor
37 Feb. 13, 1988 East Rutherford, NJ 03:50.9 Indoor
38 Feb. 26, 1988 New York, NY 03:59.8 Indoor
39 July 16, 1988 Gateshead, England 03:57.8  
40 Aug. 17, 1988 Zurich, Switzerland 03:52.5  
41 Aug. 26, 1988 Berlin, Germany 03:57.2  
42 Jan. 27, 1989 Johnson City, TN 03:57.6 Indoor
43 Feb. 3, 1989 New York, NY 03:54.3 Indoor
44 Feb. 5, 1989 Fairfax, VA 03:58.1 .
45 Feb. 10, 1989 East Rutherford, NJ 03:51.7 Indoor
46 Feb. 24, 1989 New York, NY 03:59.2 Indoor
47 July 1, 1989 Oslo, Norway 03:51.6  
48 July 22, 1989 New York, NY 03:53.6  
49 Sept. 15, 1989 London, England 03:56.7  
50 Feb. 2, 1990 New York, NY 03:59.3 Indoor
51 Feb. 9, 1990 East Rutherford, NJ 03:58.4  
52 Feb. 16, 1990 Inglewood, CA 03:57.0 Indoor
53 Feb. 23, 1990 New York, NY 03:57.3 Indoor
54 July 29, 1990 New York, NY 03:55.5  
55 Jan. 25, 1991 Johnson City, TN 03:59.0 Indoor
56 Feb. 1, 1991 New York, NY 03:55.2 Indoor
57 Feb. 8, 1991 East Rutherford, NJ 03:56.7 Indoor
58 Feb. 22, 1991 New York, NY 03:58.6 Indoor
59 July 21, 1991 New York, NY 03:56.2  
60 Jan. 25, 1992 Johnson City, TN 03:57.4 Indoor
61 May 24, 1992 New York, NY 03:59.0  
62 Aug. 25, 1992 Copenhagen, Denmark 03:57.7  
63 Jan. 15, 1993 Hamilton, Ontario 03:59.3 Indoor
64 Jan. 23, 1993 Boston, MA 03:58.3 Indoor
65 Jan. 30, 1993 Johnson City, TN 03:59.6 Indoor
66 Feb. 5, 1993 New York, NY 03:55.4 Indoor
67 Feb. 19, 1993 Portland, OR 03:57.6 Indoor
68 Feb. 26, 1993 New York, NY 03:54.9 Indoor
69 June 25, 1993 Indianapolis, IN 03:54.5  
70 July 9, 1993 Cork, Ireland 03:58.0  
71 Aug. 27, 1993 Berlin, Germany 03:52.8  
72 Sept. 3, 1993 Brussels, Belgium 03:55.5  
73 Jan. 16, 1994 Montreal, Canada 03:59.7 Indoor
74 Jan. 22, 1994 Johnson City, TN 03:59.2 Indoor
75 Feb. 4, 1994 New York, NY 03:58.8 Indoor
76 July 26, 1994 St. Petersburg, Russia 03:53.9  
77 Jan. 13, 1995 Hamilton, Ontario 04:00.0 Indoor
78 Jan. 29, 1995 Johnson City, TN 03:59.1 Indoor
79 Feb. 3, 1995 New York, NY 03:57.1 Indoor
80 Feb. 17, 1995 Cleveland, OH 03:59.1 Indoor
81 Feb. 25, 1995 Fairfax, VA 03:56.5 Indoor
82 June 2, 1995 Haverford, PA 03:59.9  
83 Aug. 27, 1995 London, England 03:57.1  
84 Sept. 1, 1995 Berlin, Germany 03:54.3  
85 Oct. 21, 1995 Hong Kong, China 03:59.7  
86 March 2, 1996 Atlanta, GA 03:59.0 Indoor
87 May 18, 1996 Atlanta, GA 03:56.9  
88 May 26, 1996 Eugene, OR 03:53.8  
89 July 5, 1996 Oslo, Norway 03:52.8  
90 Aug. 30, 1996 Berlin, Germany 03:54.9  
91 Jan. 25, 1997 Boston, MA 03:57.5 Indoor *
92 May 14, 1997 Haverford, PA 03:57.5  
93 May 25, 1997 Eugene, OR 03:53.9  
94 June 4, 1997 Haverford, PA 03:57.4  
95 June 29, 1997 Sheffield, England 03:57.5  
96 July 4, 1997 Oslo, Norway 03:52.6  
97 July 16, 1997 Nice, France 03:52.8  
98 Aug. 26, 1997 Berlin, Germany 03:52.0  
99 Jan. 25, 1998 Haverford, PA 03:58.6 Indoor
100 Feb. 13, 1998 New York, NY 03:58.1 Indoor
101 Feb. 25, 1998 Melbourne, Australia 03:56.3  

 * Indoor sub-four number 47, surpassing the previous world record 46 of Steve Scott (USA) The above list excludes approximately 20 sub-four road miles and more than 90 metric 'equivalents' - 3:40 or faster for 1,500m.

 

Marcus O'Sullivan's Off-The-Ball Interview on 20th Anniversary of 100th Sub-4 Mile

Marcus delivered a vintage performance on what was probably his final appearance in the Wanamaker, an event he had won five times. The 1 7,000-plus crowd were totally behind him on the final two circuits as he fought to keep contact with eventual winner Laban Rotich of Kenya (3:55.69) and American Paul McMullen (3:57.46).


'My legs felt very tired on the final two circuits, and I did not have quite the finish of other occasions,' said the man who at 36 was conceding eight years to Rotich.


'I think it's important that you continue to keep searching for goals in sport and life in general,' he continued. 'If you lose motivation you lose desire and if you lose desire you go through what I would call a doldrums effect, where you are just floating along. I'm just very thankful that I was in the basement that day five years ago cleaning out.


'Finding that old trophy made the past four or five years wonderful for me - I've learned more about myself and the sport and training and what to do and what not to do than ever before in my life. It's like a light came on in a room and I knew for the first time where everything was. I don't believe I would have reached that pinnacle of understanding had it not been for the circumstances that have me here tonight.'


It was a night in New York that one felt immensely proud of Marcus O'Sullivan. When eventually he got to sit down and chat in the Old Stand (where the Irish were living it up into the small hours), he radiated humility and quiet satisfaction.


'I feel really blessed and content,' he mused. 'I've had 15 wonderful years in athletics and 30 great seasons, mostly injury- free - and that is something to be very grateful for. Tonight it feels like things have come the full circle. I expect to slowly wind down my career over the next while.'


Marcus's wife, Mary, and kids, Laura and Christopher, were in the Garden to see history made. Probably nothing gives Marcus more pleasure than heading off with his family to their small farm in Sussex County, New Jersey, where they help with the annual vegetable harvest. 'I love the farm. It's close to Mary's parents, and the kids have a great time there.'


One man mightily impressed with Marcus in New York was Ray Flynn, himself our fastest miler and a sub-four 89-timer: 'Marcus has had a really great career. His three World Indoor golds (at 1,500m) were special.'


Likewise Eamonn Coghlan, who interviewed Marcus trackside on the night: 'This is a special night for Marcus - it crowns a great career. And now that the mile is not usually included in big meets, it seems unlikely the Hundred Club will be gaining new members in the near future.'


For the man himself, there was no huge post-race fanfare, no popping champagne corks, no cake of 100 candles. Clearly, he was content to quietly wind down a night that will always have a special meaning for himself and his family and all of us fortunate enough to have been there. 'This is a good night to just quietly reflect on my career and give thanks for everything,' he concluded.


It was a Corking night all round at the Garden. Mark Carroll won the 3,000m (7:49.38) for the third straight year and professed himself delighted to be injury-free and looking forward eagerly to the outdoor season and some big 5,000m efforts.


Still, the night belonged to Marcus O'Sullivan - a night of magnificent achievement, quiet satisfaction, and typically modest reflection for the man who left Cork 15 years ago to take up scholarship at Villanova and has done himself and his country proud in so many great races ever since.

Indoor sub-four number 47, surpassing the previous world record 46 of Steve Scott (USA) The above list excludes approximately 20 sub-four road miles and more than 90 metric 'equivalents' - 3:40 or faster for 1,500m.

 

 

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