Marcus O’Sullivan will hold an athletics workshop in the High Performance Centre on Monday July 17th at 7:30pm. The workshop is open to all Leevale athletes and coaches.
Marcus will also be on hand on Saturday afternoon to perform the official opening of the Leevale High Performance Centre along with Leevale Olympians Lizzie Lee, Michelle Finn and Donie Walsh.
Marcus, now the head coach at Villanova University, is still one of the greatest athletes that Ireland has ever produced. A world class runner, and winner of three World Indoor Championships over 1500m, he competed in four Olympic Games.
The three World Indoor 1500m Championships won by Marcus were in 1987 (Indianapolis), 1989 (Budapest), and 1993 (Toronto). In his victories in 1987 and 1989, he set championship records. He was 4th in the 1991 Seville World Indoor Championships.
Marcus qualified for four Olympic Games for Ireland: 1984, 1988, 1992, and 1996, at both 800 metres and 1500 metres. He reached the 1500 metre finals at the 1988 Seoul Olympics.
He set an indoor 1500 metres world record of 3:35.4 on 10 February 1989, and was generally regarded as a one of the best indoor milers ever, running a total of 101 sub-4 minute miles. This is evidenced by the fact that he won the prestigious Wanamaker Mile in Madison Square Garden’s Millrose Games five times (1986, 1988, 1989, 1990 and 1992).
Marcus, along with Irish runners Ray Flynn, Eamonn Coghlan, and Frank O’Mara, established the still standing world record in the 4×1 mile relay, when they combined in Dublin on August 17 1985 to run 15:49.08