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Nolan targeting new record in Stockholm

JAMES NOLAN will launch an attack on Marcus O’Sullivan’s national indoor record for 1,000m at tonight’s international indoor meeting in Stockholm.

O’Sullivan, three times winner of the world indoor 1,500m title set the indoor record for 1,000m at 2:20.2 in New York back in 1985 and now Nolan feels that he is in the shape to break it.

Not so long ago, the Ferbane man — a European indoor silver medallist over 1,500m — was all but written out of Irish athletics when he was dropped from the Irish Sports Council’s carding scheme. But he picked up the pieces and bounced back to feature in most of the major championships since then.

And right now he is enjoying a particularly good run — finishing third in the mile in Boston and achieving the qualifying time for next month’s indoor championships — and now he feels he just might be in the shape to break Marcus O’Sullivan’s record.

"I have made one or two changes and maybe that is the reason for my form," he said. "I have changed clubs to Clonliffe Harriers, where I am coached by Peter McDermott and I have a group to train with.

"Earlier I went to South Africa with my wife, Afton, and trained there and I felt I had a very good run in Boston to build on.

"Stuttgart went really well for me and now I am hoping to maintain this progress in the lead up to the world championships in Valencia.

"The record held by Marcus has been there for some time and when I was offered a place in the field for Stockholm I decided to give it a go. I would like to think that I am in shape to break the record if everything goes all right. The field is pretty competitive and I like that."