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Conrad runs another PB in Montreuil-sous-Bois



The 26 year-old Nolene Conrad reached the goal she set for herself ahead of the race, when she ran a sub 16 minute race in the women’s 5000m at the Meeting Premium de la Ville de Montreuil in France last night.

Conrad set a lifetime best of 15:57.92 in cold and windy conditions, to finish eighth.   “I ran hard in this race and I was very happy when I crossed the line and saw my time,” said Conrad speaking from France after the meeting. “Though the weather was miserable with a slight wind in the homestretch, it was still nice for distance running.”   She ran 16:05.98 two weeks ago in Koblenz followed by two sub 10min 3000m steeplechases in Oordegem and Montbeliard on 26 May and 1 June respectively.  Conrad’s next race will be in Leiden on the 9th of June in the 3000m.

Buze Diriba (ETH) won in 15:11.53, a world junior leading time in the event, with countrywoman Afera Godfay second in 15:18.50.  Rozana Barca (ROU) clocked 15:22.64 to finish third.

Andre Olivier missed the 1:45.60 Olympic qualifying time again but won the race in 1:46.13.  Rain and windy conditions dominated the meeting. “It was about 8 degrees when I ran, but I did not feel it as I just wanted to qualify,” said Olivier after his race.  Olivier went through the 400m mark in 52sec and moved into the lead with 250m to go.  Amine El Manaoui (MAR) finished second (1:46.49) with Frenchman Pierre Ambroise Bosse third in 1:46.49.

In the women’s 400m Tsholofelo Thipe finished fifth in 52.62sec.  She needed 51.55sec or less to qualify for the Olympic Games.  Russian athlete Kseniya Zadorina won the race in 51.39sec with Patricia Hall (JAM) second and Muriel Hurtis (FRA) in the bronze medal position, their times were 51.84sec and 52.16sec respectively.

Lehann Fourie clocked another season best time of 13.64sec in the men’s 110m hurdles, edging closer to the 13.52sec Olympic Qualifying A-standard.    Fourie struggled with a minor injury for some time, leaving him unable to compete.  “I am using my races to become fit as I could not practice through my injury,” said Fourie who finished third.  Jeff Porter (USA) and Lawrence Clarke beat him, clocking 13.35sec and 13.36sec.

The SA Long Jump Champion Zarck Visser competed in a new competition for Long Jump & Pole Vault (Jump and Fly Munich) that took place in Germany last night.  With his best jump at 7.70m, Visser finished second.

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