Wesley Botton
Chief sports writer
1 minute read
20 May 2014
9:00 am

Andre and LJ on right track

Wesley Botton

After being narrowly edged in the finishing straight at the Shanghai Diamond League meeting on Sunday, Andre Olivier and LJ van Zyl, are confident they are on the right track in the early stages of the global season.

FILE PICTURE: Andre Olivier of NWU-Pukke wins the 800m race during the Varsity Athletics Challange from the University of Pretoria on April 29, 2013 in Pretoria, South Africa. (Photo by Lee Warren/Gallo Images)

Olivier led the field for most of the second lap, but faded in the chase for the line in the men’s 800m event, holding on for third place in a season’s best 1:44.85.

“It wasn’t a bad race. I’m happy with the time and place, and the last 60m will come,” he said.

In a similar finish, Van Zyl was well placed in the 400m hurdles but struggled after the final barrier and took fourth place. Regaining his best international form since his magnificent 2011 campaign, Van Zyl clocked a respectable 48.97.

“It was a good personal victory for me although I was fourth,” he said.

“At the last hurdle I lost a bit of rhythm, so I just need to work on my race fitness.”