Olivier impresses with win in Moscow

2013-06-13 00:00

ANDRÉ Olivier continues to impress on the European circuit and Diamond League events with his latest being a win in Moscow on Tuesday night taking 1:44,97 for the 800 m. It wasn’t only the win, but the race tactics that impressed with great positioning before taking the tape against a quality field.

Olivier was third in Rome last week in 1:44,37, behind Mohammed Aman, who ran 1:43,61, the fastest of the season to date. The South African who is one of 20 athletes to have qualified for the World Championships in Moscow then headed to Netherlands for the FBK Games where he progressed to second in 1:44,96.

What is not clear is how the current administrative situation between ASA, which is under administration by South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (Sascoc) and IAAF, is going to affect the athletes and participation at the championships. The ASA office have said that the final marathon and walk teams will be announced late this week, while the track and field team are to be released on July 9.

With the African Junior championships, which were to be held in South Africa at the end of this month, now postponed by Confederation of African Athletics on the basis of IAAF’s concern for the democratic running of athletics in the country, and every ASA Board member either suspended by the ASA President or by Sascoc, it is unclear as to who will be selecting the team, or whether they will be able to compete in the championships. Sascoc will be meeting the IAAF and IOC this weekend in an attempt to resolve the situation.

It’s all change in administration of the country’s top ultra events. Rowyn James has resigned from the post of race director at the Old Mutual Two Oceans Marathon after the announcement of restructuring. James had guided and built the race to the record field of over 35 000 participants over the past five years.

Then last week Comrades general manager Gary Boshoff resigned after seven years at the helm of the local classic. Boshoff who joined the Comrades Marathon Association from the Blue Bulls where he was CEO, will leave the office at the end of August.

There is a cross-country league at Yellowood Park on Saturday commencing at noon and senior runners are reminded that the final 12 km event will start 15 minutes earlier than usual, prior to the last lap of the master men eight kilometre.

Club chairs are reminded of the special general meeting of KZN to be held at Kingsmead Stadium in Durban at 9 am on Saturday

The only other event this weekend is the Impendle 10 km run at the new sports field, at 4 pm. There is also a five kilometre fun run. For more deatails, contact Mthembeni Ndlela at 072 956 6838.

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