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Fast Fourie foiled
- Updated: April 8, 2012
By Mark Etheridge
Olympic Games hopeful Lehann Fourie flew to a personal best 110-metre hurdles best in the United States this weekend.
But a strong wind literally blew away any chance of that run counting as an Olympic qualifier.
Fourie, 25, was competing in the Florida Relays before he headed back to South Africa for the national track and field championships in Port Elizabeth where it’s compulsory for all prospective Olympians to compete.
“I ran 13.31 seconds but the wind was too strong so it didnt count for qualifying,” Fourie told Road to London 2012. “I got third place in a really tough field so I am really pleased that I was able to compete out of lane one.”
Fourie will be well pleased. His legal personal best is the 13.44 in ran in Columbia, US two years ago.
Ronnie Ash won the 110m hurdles race in 13.10sec with Dexter Faulk second in 13.25. What will make him really happy is the fact that he beat Beijing Olympic bronze medallist David Oliver in the process. Oliver clocked 13.43.
My training has been going really well, and Im still in the process of getting my fitness up after the indoor season,” said Pretoria’s Fourie. “The season is still long, so I just hope for the right conditions in South Africa to run a legal Olympic Qualifier.”
The A standard Olympic qualifier stands at 13.52 and the B standard is 13.60.