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Olivier impresses with 1500m win in Sasolburg

By Mark Etheridge

Our best placed finisher at the recent World Indoor Championships in Poland, 800-metre ace Andre Olivier moved up a distance this week as preparations for the year continued at pace.

The Potchefstroom athlete took part at a meeting in Sasolburg and opted for the 1500m event.

He covered the metric mile in 3min 42.68sec for a comfortable win.

“The pacemaker was supposed to go to 1000m in 2min 26sec but he ran 800m in 2min and pulled out,” Olivier told Road to Rio 2016.

“I then found myself in front but feeling good, I waited for the last 300m and was happy with a 41sec last 300m.

“For me it was good training for upcoming nationals where I’ll be running 800m of course.”

Commenting on his choice of the 1500m, Olivier said: “Well as a youth boy I ran 3:53 at World Youth championships, and I’ve got a PB of 3:39.40, but no I don’t run it often.

“But after Sopot I have been working a lot on my endurance, so 1500m was a good option. The body is feeling very strong and fit, so I’m very excited for European season.