- Category : Sports-Swimming
- Type : PE
- Profile : 1/4 - Investigating / Opportunist
- Definition : Split - Small (22,26)
- Incarnation Cross : RAX Planning 3
Australian sprint swimmer who became the fastest swimmer in history in 2008.
Sullivan became the fastest swimmer on record after he broke the world 50 m freestyle record at the 2008 NSW Open Championships at Sydney Olympic Park Aquatic Centre. He timed 21.56 to slash 0.08 off the 21.64 set by the Russian Alexander Popov at Moscow in June 2000. However his time was beaten to 21.50 by French Alain Bernard on 23 March 2008.
On 27 March 2008 at the Australian Olympic Trials at the same venue he regained his title as the 50 m freestyle world record holder with a time of 21.41 s, then broke his own record a day later with 21.28 s. He was bettered by Frédérick Bousquet with a time of 20.94 s on 26 April 2009.
On 11 August 2008, he broke the 100 meter freestyle world record in the first leg of the 4x100 relay with a time of 47.24, Australia finished under the previous world record, broke the Oceania record and finished third in the relay in a time of 3.09.91. Before the Olympics, the Australian record was 3.13.67 in winning the event at the 2000 Sydney Olympics. On 13 August 2008, after losing his world record to the previous holder Alain Bernard, Sullivan clocked 47.05 s to set another world record. The 100m free record was then broken by Brazilian sprinter César Cielo at the 2009 FINA World Championships on 7 July 2009 and now stands at 46.91.
Sullivan has made several TV appearances. He won the first series of Celebrity MasterChef Australia. In 2011, he competed in the third season of the Channel Seven television series Australia's Greatest Athlete. He also made a guest appearance in the third season of MasterChef Australia, cooking the Chocolate Délice dish that earned him the 'title' of Celebrity MasterChef in 2009. In 2013, he became a team captain on the Australian version of the panel show A League of Their Own.