Caster Semenya wins 800m gold

13 Août, 2017, 23:35 | Author: Marie-Claire Cellier
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Burundi's Francine Niyonsaba, the Olympic silver medallist, finished second in 1:55.92, with American Ajee Wilson taking bronze (1:56.65).

South Africa's double Olympic champion Caster Semenya progressed without problem to the final of the women's 800m after coasting to victory in the semi-final at the IAAF World Championships on Friday.

Ajee Wilson, who set a USA record of 1:55.61 last month and has been in hot form, looked superb in winning the first heat in 1:59.21 from Melissa Bishop, the 2015 silver medallist from Canada who looked more like her normal self after labouring through the first round.

Semenya, however, maintained her languid stride a few metres back before closing the gap, easing past both on the final bend and running clear.

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The race got off to a fairly quick start, and unsurprisingly it was natural front-runners Niyonsaba and Wilson who went straight to the front, with Semenya, Wambui, and Sharp sitting comfortably behind them.

Semenya, who stands to be awarded the 2012 Olympic gold medal after Russian victor Mariya Savinova was disqualified for doping, now has to await further meetings between the IAAF and CAS to discover if she again has to take testosterone suppressing medication.

The 26-year-old also set a new SA record of 1:55.16, beating her previous best time by more than a tenth of a second.

First Wilson and then Niyonsaba took the fight to the South African, going out quickly on the first lap as Semenya settled into her usual position in the middle of the pack.

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