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Marshall and Dill not done in race for Rio

Bermuda athletes hoping to qualify for the Rio Olympic Games will have a few more meets to reach the standard ahead of the July 11 deadline.

Several athletes will be heading to international competitions in an attempt to qualify for the Summer Games.

Many will also use those meets to prepare for the North American, Central American and Caribbean Athletics Association Under-23 Championships in San Salvador, El Salvador next month.

Shaquille Dill will have three meets lined up in his quest to reach the qualifying time of 1min 46sec in the 800 metres.

Dill ran 1:48.42 at the XL Catlin National Championships last weekend but Donna Raynor, the president of the Bermuda National Athletics Association, is confident he can lower his time. Dill has a personal best of 1:47.

“We have every confidence that Shaquille can run 1:46 and even quicker,” Raynor said.

Dill will compete at the Princeton Qualifier in New Jersey on Saturday and has two other meets scheduled for June 22 at the Aileen Meagher International Track Classic in Halifax, Nova Scotia, and then the Blue Marlin Last Chance Meet in Nassau, Bahamas, on July 10.

Dage Minors, another middle-distance runner, has two meets lined up ahead of the Nacac Under-23 Championships. Minors will be competing in the 800 and 1500. He too will be at the Princeton Qualifier and the Blue Marlin meet.

Sprinter Kyle Webb, who will also compete at the Nacac Championships in the 200 and 400, will also run at the Blue Marlin meet.

Long jumper Bruce DeGrilla has one meet lined up as he prepares for the Nacac Under-23 Championships.

Olympic hopeful Jah-Nhai Perinchief, a high jumper, also had a meet planned ahead of next month's World Junior Championships in Poland.

Lamont Marshall is also still bidding to qualify for Rio and will compete in the 3000 steeplechase at the Princeton Qualifier before travelling to Bilbao, Spain, for the EAP Meet on June 25.

Marshall will compete at the British Milers Club Grand Prix in Solihull, England, on July 9.

The Bermuda Olympic Association is due to name its squad for the Rio Games on Thursday, June 23, but Raynor said plans had been made to ensure athletes who qualified after that could be added to the squad.

“We have sent in the long list so all of our athletes have in all of their paper work, so if they meet the standard it is just a matter of adding them to the final team,” Raynor said. “Track and field always have a later date than the other sports for the Olympics.

“We would just have to send them [the BOA] the results if an athlete reaches the standard, immediately after the event concludes.”

Olympic bid: Dill needs to hit 1:46 in order to qualify (File photograph)

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Published June 17, 2016 at 9:00 am (Updated June 17, 2016 at 1:24 am)

Marshall and Dill not done in race for Rio

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