West Australian 800m runner, Peter Bol, is Tokyo bound. The Australian champ posted 1:44.88 on the Gold Coast today, at the Oceania Invitational Meet.
Finals 1 Bol, Peter Australia 1:44.88 2 Preston, James New Zealand 1:47.50 3 Mathas, Brad New Zealand 1:47.73 4 Harding, James New Zealand 1:49.13 5 Cohen, Mason Australia 1:51.03 -- Micallef, Jared Australia DNF
Bol, who is the 5th fastest Australian in history over 800m (1:44.56 set in 2018), dominated the Australian season, but was unable to clinch the 1:45.20 mark required for Olympic selection. Post Nationals, Bol returned to training, guided by 800m specialist coach Justin Rinaldi, and now looks refreshed and ready to rewrite his PB over coming months. Few will argue that Bol doesn’t have the talent to medal at a major championships, perhaps his best opportunity to date will be at the upcoming Tokyo Games.
— fast8trackclub (@fast8trackclub) June 5, 2021
It’s been a good week for coach Rinaldi and his Fast 8 Track Club; earlier this week, 34 year-old Jeff Riseley won a race in Italy, clocking 1:45.34 – awfully close to the Olympic standard.