Bol’s best gets him an Olympics spot

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - SPORT -

FOR­MER St Nor­berts Col­lege stu­dent Peter Bol will re­alise his dream of be­ing an Olympian after of­fi­cially be­ing named for the 2016 Rio team as an 800-me­tre run­ner.

Bol, who was liv­ing in Thorn­lie un­til he moved to Melbourne, was born in Su­dan and im­mi­grated to Aus­tralia via Egypt at the age of six with his fam­ily.

He qual­i­fied for the Games after smash­ing his 17-month-old 800m per­sonal best at a meet in Ger­many in late June, with a one minute 45.78 se­cond time; which was enough to get him a Games berth.

Bol is study­ing a Bach­e­lor of Con­struc­tion Man­age­ment and Eco­nom­ics at Curtin Uni­ver­sity, via cor­re­spon­dence.

He thanked his coach Justin Ri­naldi on Face­book, as well as his fam­ily for their sup­port.

“The sup­port be­hind me has def­i­nitely been no­ticed and kept me push­ing to achieve bet­ter times and to qual­ify this year,” he said on Face­book.

“The work has just be­gan and there is more to come.”

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Peter Bol.

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