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Olivier books his berth in Championship final
- Updated: March 7, 2014
London Olympian Andre Olivier became the second South African through to the final of his event at the World Indoor Athletics Championships in Poland on Friday, writes Mark Etheridge.
Olivier, who only made his indoor debut last month, won his heat, the second of three, to automatically book his place in Sunday’s final.
Earlier shot-putter Orazio Cremona qualified for Friday evening’s final.
Olivier clocked 1min 46.18sec at the Sopot venue after Qatar’s Musaeb Abulrahman Balla had made the early running and gone through halfway in 52.85.
Poland’s Marcin Lewandowski was runner-up in 1:46.26.
Olivier was third fastest qualifier for the final with Poland’s Adam Kszczot (1:45.76) and Britain’s Andrew Osagie (1:45.88) quicker.
Surprisingly, Nick Symmonds, runner-up at last year’s World outdoor Championships in Moscow, failed to qualify, only ending fourth (1:47.29) in Olivier’s heat.