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Olivier returns to SA, still confident of a 1:43 800m

By Mark Etheridge

In-form 800-metre athlete Andre Olivier reckons that he definitely has a sub 1min 44sec 800-metre race in his legs as he prepares to swop Europe for Africa.

Olivier has had a superb run of form in Europe, racing to four sub 1:45 clockings in less than 10 days. His latest success came at the IAAF Challenge event in Moscow on Tuesday.

The best time of his campaign was the 1:44.37 he ran at the Rome leg of the Diamond League series.

His time is now joint sixth fastest in the year, behind Ethiopian Mohammed Aman’s 1:43.61, run in the same Rome event.

“I know that the 1:43 is thereÔǪ I just need the perfect race, but lets keep that for August,” Olivier told Road to Rio 2016 on Wednesday.

On the race itself, run on a rain-soaked track. “It was wet but not too bad. We went out at not too fast a pace and I felt really good and bouncy.

“With 250m to go I was watching the big screen to see where Borza [Yuriy Borzakovskiy] was because I knew he’d come from the back and try and hunt me down! I saw him passing Michael Rimmer (GBR) so I knew he was behind me so at the 200m bend I ran within myself to keep something for when Borza strikes.

“With 70m to go I gave a little kick and that was that and very happy with the fourth 1:44 in a row, I can’t ask for more! Now it’s home for me and time to prepare myself for my second trip to Europe.”

His second expedition will see him looking for more pay dirt in Ostrava, Birmingham and Lausanne.