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Season’s best as Fourie does it for sick Olivier

By Mark Etheridge

Illness saw in-form Andre Olivier sitting out Thursday night’s IAAF Diamond League Grand Prix in Lausanne, Switzerland, but it was Olympic team-mate Lehann Fourie who flew the flag for South Africa.

Olivier was scheduled to run the 800-metre and resume his rival with Ethiopian Mohammed Aman but woke up on Thursday morning with a high fever and wisely withdrew.

That left Fourie as the lone SA competitor and he raced to a season’s best 13.43 in the men’s 110m hurdles final won by American hulk David Oliver in 13.03.

“I woke up with a heavy fever this morning, went to hospital and was put on a drip,” Olivier told Road to Rio 2016 earlier. ‘The doctor took blood and X-rays and it doesn’t look like anything serious.

“Lehan promised me he will run for me and himself, so let’s hope for a big one,” were his parting words!

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