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Bucher eyes the finishing line at Sunday's indoor athletics meeting Keystone

Swiss athletics star André Bucher proved his credentials in the 800 metres once again on Sunday when he won the event at an indoor meeting in Birmingham.

This content was published on February 17, 2002 - 19:58

The 800 metre world champion, who hails from canton Lucerne, covered his specialist distance in a time of 1'47"48.

Bucher set the pace in what was his second indoor appearance of the new athletics season, crossing the finishing line just ahead of his nearest rival, Botswana's Glody Dube, who ended the race on 1'47"79.

South African Hezekiel Sepeng placed third with a time of 1'47"89.

Sunday's win comes just one week after the Swiss athlete strode to his first victory of the season in Ghent with a seasonal best time of 1'45"80.

Bucher's next indoor appearance will be in Liévin one week from now, a race which is set to be a final test before the European Indoor Championships in Vienna at the beginning of March.

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