Caster Semenya wins 800m gold

Solenn Plantier
Августа 13, 2017

Burundi's Francine Niyonsaba, the Olympic silver medallist, finished second in 1:55.92, with American Ajee Wilson taking bronze (1:56.65).

Olympic champion Caster Semenya looked ominously comfortable in advancing to the women's 800 metres final at the World Athletics Championships on Friday but a host of challengers also looked impressive and should push the South African all the way.

Launching herself off the bend and driving hard into the home straight, she drew clear in the chase for the line to take the win in 1:55.16, clipping 0.11 off the national record she set at the Diamond League meeting in Monaco last month.

This was fast - faster than the South African has ever run before in fact.

Poland's Angelika Cichocka produced a remarkable finish, cutting in from the outside of lane two to the inside of lane one to sneak second place in heat two and an automatic slot.

Semenya is back in the spotlight following a study funded by the IAAF and the World Anti-Doping Agency (Wada) that showed female athletes with naturally high levels of testosterone enjoy a competitive advantage of up to 4.5 percent over their rivals.

Semenya, a bronze medallist in the 1500m in London as she attempted an audacious double, clocked 2min 01.33sec.

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.

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