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Athletes fall short

Our two Olympic hopeful field athletes, Zarck Visser and Robert Oosthuizen both headed east to try and wrap up Olympic A qualifying standards ahead of the London Games later this year but their first stop was unsuccessful.

The two competed at the Colourful Daegu Championships Meeting in Korea on Wednesday.

Robert Oosthuizen has not hurled the javelin 80-metres since June 2011 after a shoulder injury and he needed 82m in order to reach the Olympic Qualifying A-Standard. But his sixth placed finish saw the Malmesbury, Western Cape athlete fall well short with a 74.63m effort.

Dmitri Tarabin (Rus) won with 82.75m while Ari Mannio (Fin) and Igor Janik (Pol) took second and third position respectively, their distances measured at 81.06m and 80.23m.

SA long jump champion Zarck Visser wants to reach the 8.20m Olympic Qualifying Standard. He caused an upset at the National Championships in Port Elizabeth in April by beating Khotso Mokoena, but like Ooosthuizen, finished sixth on Wednesday with his best jump measured at 7.79m.

Winner, Ignisious Gaisah (Gha) jumped 7.99m with Latvian athlete Elvijs Misans second on 7.96m.

George Kitchens (USA) finished third (7.92m).  Visser jumped an 8.15m at the SA Open Championships in Pretoria earlier this month.

Visser’s next event will be in Dessau, Germany on 25 May while Oosthuizen will compete at the Samsung Diamond League in Shanghai on 19 May.