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Olivier, Cronje show solid form

By Mark Etheridge

Two of our middle distance aces continued solid run-ins to this month’s Commonwealth Games in Scotland on Saturday.

The Diamond League event was held in Glasgow, at the same venue to be used for the Games so it was a case of double preparation for Andre Olivier and Johan Cronje.

Olivier ran second in the men’s two-lapper as Kenya’s Olympic champion David Rudisha produced another race that will send shivers down the spines of any would be title contender.

Rudisha went clear early on in the second lap and went on to win in 1min 43.34sec. Olivier meanwhile produced his customary strong finish to sprint home in 1:45.65.

Potchefstroom’s Olivier told Road to Rio 2016: “I felt heavy in yesterday’s race but then I did have a hard week of training in my legs so it was probably to be expected.

“I’m very excited for the Games but first it’s Madrid, Spain on Saturday and then the Games.”

Meanwhile, SA 1500m recordholder Cronje took fourth place in the metric mile with a time of 3:34.97.

This after some good work in the final straight as Kenya’s Silas Kiplagat dominated to win in 3:32.84.

“I’m getting there, but I had a terrible race,” Cronje told Road to Rio 2016. “I should have won or at least got second place.

“But at least my kick is back and that’s what I will be needing at the end of the month.

The athletes won’t be leaving South Africa with the team on Wednesday as they have a training camp in Italy and will join the rest of the team in Glasgow after the start of the Games.