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Pacing lets Andre down

A vital second Olympic qualifying time continued to elude Andre Olivier in Europe this weekend, writes Mark Etheridge.

Olivier already has one qualifying time under his belt, the 22-year-old having run an 800-metre time of 1min 45.20sec in Hengelo, Netherlands last week.

He needs just one more international A-Standard qualifier to hopefully seal his spot on Team South Africa for the London Olympics. That mark was just outside his grasp in Belgium on Saturday where he competed at the Oordegem meeting.

But pace-making misunderstandings cost him dearly. “I told the pacer I wanted a 51-sec first lap but he only went 52.86 so I went through the bell in around 53sec but I still ran 1:45.96,” Olivier told Road to London 2012.

“I felt strong in the last 300m and still ran that time so I’m sure if the weather is good tomorrow we’ll run fast and I’ll qualify again. The meeting is in Montueil, France and the field is very strong ÔÇô some good guys in the race ÔÇô and that’s what I need.”

Also in Oordegem was our quickest sprint hurdler, Lehann Fourie. After battling with some hamstring problems recently, Fourie was also a winner, clocking 13.72sec for the 110m hurdles final.

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