Rio Olympics: Thornlie runner Peter Bol knocked out after failing to qualify in 800-metre heat

Peter Bol after completing his heat in the men's 800m running at the Rio Olympics.
Peter Bol. Picture: Will Russell
Peter Bol after completing his heat in the men's 800m running at the Rio Olympics. Peter Bol. Picture: Will Russell

THORNLIE 800-metre runner Peter Bol has been eliminated after finishing sixth in his heat in a time of 1:49:6.

The 22-year-old put himself into a good position on the first lap of the 400m track, but the lift of the pace in the back straight and final 100m was too much for the first-time Olympian.

The first three of each of the seven heats automatically qualify, with the three next best times going through as well.
France’s Pierre-Ambroise Bosse was the fastest in Bol’s heat, finishing a time of 1.48.12, Ethiopian Mohammed Aman came second in 1.48.33 while in third was Algerian runner Amine Belferar with a time of 1.48.40.

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Kenya’s David Radish was the fastest qualifier overall with a time of 1.45.09.

Bol was originally born in Sudan before immigrating to Australia via Egypt at age six.

He moved to Melbourne from Thornlie at the start of this year to put him in the best position to get an Olympic berth.