Western Australian track and field athletes Sam McEntee
and Nagmelden (Peter) Bol have earned official selection onto the Australian
Olympic Team for the 2016 Rio Olympic Games.
The AOC named an additional 18 track and field athletes
on Wednesday, taking the athletics team size to 61 competitors for Brazil.
The second round of selections were held for athletes
that had met the qualification standard for official selection since the first
round of selections were announced earlier in the year following the National
McEntee and Bol will both make their Olympic debut for
Australia in Rio, with the former contesting the 5000m event, with Bol racing
In April Sam McEntee defeated a crack field to win the
national 5000 metres championships. He only needed to add a qualifying performance
to secure automatic selection for his first Olympic Games; which he achieved in
May at Stanford running 13:20.72. The importance of that nationals win would
become relevant in July as five athletes sat on qualifiers for selectors to
After running in the US college system, with Villanova
University (2011-2015), he returned to Australia where he had a strong 2016
domestic season running personal bests over 3000 and 5000 metres.
McEntee rates his college coach, Marcus O'Sullivan, the
great Irish distance runner who ran over 100 sub-four minute miles, as the most
influential person in his career.
The Science graduate, who was raised in Perth, now
resides in Melbourne where he trains with the Nic Bideau squad.
For Nagmedlin Bol, he earned selection after smashing his
17 month-old 800 metre personal best at a meet in Germany in late June, moved
Peter Bol into contention for Olympic selection. His time of 1:45.78 was an
Olympic qualifier and promoted him to 17th on the Australian all-time list. He
received the nod from selectors who deliberated over four qualified athletes,
naming Bol to make his Olympic debut in Rio.
He is coached by former 800 metres runner, Justin
Rinaldi, after he relocated from Perth to Melbourne.
Bol was born in Sudan and immigrated to Australia via
Egypt at the age of six with his family. He is currently studying via
correspondence a Bachelor of Construction Management and Economics from Curtin