Isaac Nader was 20 hundredths behind Portugal's 800 meter record

Rui Silva's record of 1.44,91 was set in 2002 in San Sebastian

Athlete Isaac Nader was fifth today in the 800 meters at the French athletics meeting in Marseille, with a time of 1.45,11 minutes, which leaves him 20 hundredths of the Portuguese record, set by Rui Silva.

The Algarve athlete, who already has Olympic and European Championship minimums in the 1500 meters, becomes the second Portuguese ever to double track, having surpassed Álvaro Silva (1.45,12, in 1988).

Nader reached the minimum for the European Championships in Rome today, but it is unlikely that he will compete, as his bet is the 1.500 meters.

Rui Silva's record of 1.44,91 was set in 2002 in San Sebastian, Spain.

Nader took advantage of the pace of a fast race, in which the British Elliot Giles was credited with 1.44,46, in first place, ahead of the Algerian Slimane Moula and the Frenchman Yanis Meziane.

Also in Marseille, Salomé Afonso was sixth in the 1500 meters, with 4.06,26 minutes, her second best record of the year and which reinforces her on the qualification list for Paris2024, where she remains in 30th, with 45 places at stake.