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Olympian Olivier qualifies for World Championships

London Olympian Andre Olivier opened his 2013 European track campaign in victorious style at the weekend, writes Mark Etheridge.

Competing at the Flanders Cup in Belgium, Olivier posted the fastest time for the 800-metres when he won his heat in 1min 44.74sec.

Putting that time into perspective is that his fastest time over the two-lapper last year was the 1:44.29 that he ran shortly before the Olympics.

“Yes, I had a good first race in Oordegem to qualify for World Championships. That was my goal for my first four races in Europe so doing it on the first one takes away a lot of pressure.”

A standard qualifying for this year’s World Championships in Moscow is 1:45.30, easily achieved by 23-year-old Olivier. He comfortably beat Ireland’s Mark English (1:46.82) and Frenchman Azzedine Boudjamaa (1:47.62) into the silver and bronze positions.

He now moves on to Rome for another race on Thursday, then Hengelo, Netherlands two days later and then another meeting in Moscow on 11 June.

“I haven’t got any specific tactics planned, I just want to be ready for each race.”

With an opening salvo of 1:44.74, we can pretty much take it that he’s more than ready for action.


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