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Andre’s Games qualifier

Potchefstroom’s Andre Olivier raced his way to an Olympic qualifying time in the 800-metre event at Hengelo, Netherlands this weekend, writes Mark Etheridge.

It was a personal best 1min 45.20sec that saw him finishing in seventh spot. Until now his best time was the 1:45.41 he ran in Stellenbosch three years ago.

His time betters the Olympic A standard by 0.40sec. A bronze medallist in the two-lapper at the IAAF World Junior Championships in Poland back in 2008, Olivier ended seventh. He now needs to run another qualifying time to come into contention for Team SA at the Olympic Games in London later this year.

Race winner was Poland’s Adam Kszczot in 1:43:882 from Kenya’s Timothy Kitum (1:44:00).

At the same meeting, Juan van Deventer got ever closer to an A qualifying time in the 1500m. Racing his second race in Europe after a lengthy rehabilitation period after his kneecap was broken in a car crash a year ago, the Beijing Olympic finalist clocked 3:35:55 to miss the A standard by a tiny 0.05sec.

He placed 11th in a race won by Kenya’s Nixon Kiplimo Chepseba in 3:29.90. The first 10 athletes were under the Olympic A standard.


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