Sean Kaley has loved running for as long as he can remember.
That love has brought him all the way to the Olympic Games in Sydney.
In his first Olympics, Kaley will be looking to medal in either the 5,000 or 10,000 metres events.
The road to the podium won't be easy, but Kaley loves a good challenge.
Kaley qualified for the Olympics by running the 10,000 metres in 28 minutes 1.06 seconds, surpassing his previous personal best of 28:26 and the Canadian Olympic Association's standard of 28:10.
Kaley's time was the fourth fastest ever by a Canadian.
The Ottawa native secured his place in Sydney by finishing second among Canadians at the Harry Jerome Classic in Vancouver, which served as an Olympic trials race.
Kaley then decided to go for the COA standard in the 5,000 metres. But he had just one chance to meet or beat it.
Kaley made the most of that one chance, running the race in 13:25 -- shaving 11 seconds off his previous personal best time. Again, it was the fourth fastest time by a Canadian.
Kaley, 25, attributes several factors to his recent success.
One is increased financial support from the Canadian government, allowing Kaley to focus on his training rather than worrying about how to make ends meet.
Health, family and support from his girlfriend have also been key factors in Kaley's route to Sydney.
-- LISA BURKE
-- Ottawa Sun
Men's 10,000 metres: Sean Kaley, Ottawa, placed 12th in heat, eliminated.
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