Olympic 800-metre hopeful Andre Olivier saw another bid at a second qualifying time blown away in Montreuil, France on Tuesday night, writes Mark Etheridge.
On the night before the first announcement of Team South Africa in Johannesburg Olivier was good for a win at the Meet Premium de la Ville de Montreuil but not quick enough.
He won in 1min 46.13sec, less than a second outside the A standard qualifying time of 1:45.60.
“It wasn’t what I was looking for but what can one do,” he told Road to London 2012. “The pacer was out in front of a Kenyan and then me and I went through halfway in about 52sec.
“The last 250m I went past the Kenyan and made a gap and kept it till the end. But it rained and the wind blew and the temperature was about eight degrees Celcius when we ran.
“But I was so focused that I didn’t even feel it .. I just wanted to qualify.
“Next up is a race in Lille on Saturday and there’s a fast Ethiopian guy running so hopefully we qualify there.”
At the same meeting in-form Nolene Conrad had another good run with yet another personal bet, this time in the 5000m after previous PB’s in the 3000m steeplechase.
“Conditions were bad, rainy and cold, but I managed to run a sub-16 minutes ÔÇô 15.57.92. I can’t stop smiling, three PB’s in the space of two weeks, shows that I am good shape. Next race is a 3000m in Leiden on Saturday.
At the same meeting Tsholofelo Thipe missed the 400m A standard of 51.55sec when she clocked 52.62 for fifth spot.
Hurdler Lehann Fourie had yet another season’s best of 13.64sec over 110m, showing that he’s fast getting back to his best after a hamstring problem.