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Olivier records 3rd PB

Andre Oliver leads

Andre Oliver leads

Monday, 23 July 2012 – Andre Oliver recorded his third personal best in less than three months at the ninth leg of the Samsung Diamond League in Herculis, Monaco on 20 July 2012.

Oliver competed in the men’s 800m against the best athletes in the field with seven of the ten finishers recording personal bests and one season best.  Kenya’s Abraham Rotich and Leonard Kosencha took the first two spots followed by Solomon Duane (USA) third.  Rotich ran the fastest race of his life clocking 1:43.13 with Kosencha and Duane finishing in 1:43.40 and 1:43.44 respectively, also personal best times for them.

Olivier (22) has consistently improved his time this season, reaching his first Olympic Qualifying time in Hengelo on 27 May (1:45.20) and the second in Benin at the Africa Senior Championships in Benin on 29 June (1:45.09).  Both were personal bests at the time, but Olivier sliced more time from his best when he finished sixth overall in Monaco, crossing the line in 1:44.29.  Olivier will compete in his first Olympic Games in London when he lines up in the heats of the men’s 800m on 6 August.

Khotso Mokoena finished eighth in the men’s long jump with his best of 7.75m measured in the second round.  Favourites, Mitchell Watt (AUS) and Chris Tomlinson (GBR), had to be satisfied with second and third respectively when the reigning Olympic Champion, Irving Saladino (PAN), won the competition with an opening jump of 8.16m. This was only Saladino’s second long jump competition of the season. Watt’s best jump measured 8.12m in the sixth round while Tomlinson jumped 8.01m in the third round.

Caster Semenya competed in the women’s 800m in her last event before the start of the Olympic Games, where she finished ninth in 2:01.67.  Russian athlete Yelena Kofanova won the race in 1:58.41 with Francine Niyonsaba (BDI) crossing the line in 1:58.68 for second place.  Alysia Montano (USA) finished third in 1:59.05.

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