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Olivier back in the Games mix and ready for Glasgow
- Updated: July 8, 2014
By Mark Etheridge
The bad news was that he “only” ended sixth in the latest Diamond League meeting in France but the good news is that London Olympian 800-metre athlete Andre Olivier feels he’s on track to peak at the Commonwealth Games in Scotland later this month.
A quick paced two-lapper in Paris saw Potchefstroom’s Olivier clock a season’s best in his comeback race after some health issues kept him off the track.
But despite not really being in the mix down the main straight, Olivier clocked a handy 1min 44.42sec as Kenyan’s Asbel Kisprop (he’s unlikely to be at the Games after ruling himself out to give younger talent the chance to star), took line honours in 1:43.34 from Botswana’s Nijel Amos, a man who regularly trains with Olivier in Potchefstroom.
Amos clocked 1:43.70, this after the field has blitzed through the first lap in just under 50sec.
Reflecting on his race and Olivier told Road to Rio 2016: “Yes, I’m happy with a season’s best after being sickÔÇª sixth place I’m not so happy about but I feel I’ll go faster each race now.”
Looking forward to the race and one Kenyan who very much will be in the mix is Olympic champion David Rudisha. “With Rudisha in the race I think the final is going to be fast and think he’ll run around a 1:43.5,” said Olivier. “He’ll make it a good race for sure.”
Next up for Olivier will be Saturday’s Diamond League meeting in Glasgow, a perfect warm-up at the same venue as the Games.
“Then next Saturday I’ll run either Monaco or Madrid, I’m still waiting to find out which one, then I’ll be ready for the Games.
“I can feel I need two more races to be in perfect racing shape. At the actual Games, I won’t worry about time, it will be all about getting into the semi-final, then the final and then the fight for medals.”
“After next week’s race I’m going to join the team in Italy for that small training camp and then it’ll be straight to Glasgow.”