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Robert fifth in UK

The Western Cape’s Robert Oosthuizen was our only athlete in action at Sunday’s Aviva Birmingham Grand Prix meeting in England on Sunday, writes Mark Etheridge.

And the big athlete had a solid return to place fifth behind Norway’s Andreas Thorkildsen who won the Diamond League event with a world-leading 88.30-metre effort.

Twenty-four-year-old Oosthuizen pegged the spear at the 78.55m mark with his opening throw and that was as good as it got for the Malmesbury athlete on the night. He followed that up with efforts of 76.05, 76.94, 77.32, 77.37 and 73.62.

Runner-up on Sunday was Germany’s Matthias de Zordo (83.42) and Australian Jarrod Bannister (82.01) took third spot.

Oosthuizen finds himself lying fifth on the Diamond League standings with five points exactly half the number of points accumulated by top-ranked Thorkildsen.

He’s currently the 12th best men’s javelin exponent this year and has already qualified for the IAAF World Championships in Daegu, South Korea in September.


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