SOUTH AFRICA’S CASTER SEMENYA WINS HER THIRD 800M WORLD TITLE

LONDON, South Africa’s Caster Semenya reclaimed her World Championship title with a stunning victory in the women’s 800 metres in a time of 1:55.16 at the IAAF World Championships here Sunday with Burundian Francine Niyonsaba taking silver in 1:55.92 and American Ajee Wilson bronze in 1:56.65.

Semenya also improved by 0.11 seconds the national record she had set last month at a Diamond League meeting in Monaco.

The Olympic gold medallist adopted her well-known tactic of holding a place in the middle of the pack during the first lap with the athletes hitting the bell in 57.98 seconds, and it was at 600 metres that the top three broke away. The 26-year-old Semenya then produced a stunning kick down the final straight to annihilate the contenders and win the gold comfortably by a six-metre margin.

Semenya added to the two gold medals she won in the event in 2009 and 2011. With the latest victory, the South African golden girl also matched Mozambican Maria Mutola’s mark of three world titles in the women’s 800m.

The outstanding performance of Semenya capped off a highly successful competition for the nation as South Africa ended the championships with six medals, including three golds. Earlier in the day, Lebogang Shange produced a stunning performance to claim fourth in a new South African record in the men’s 20-kilomtre Race Walk.

Shange finished less than 30 seconds behind Colombian winner Eider Arevalo as he crossed the line in a new national record of one hour 19 minutes and 18 seconds. His performance also smashed his previous personal best of 1:20:06.

Arevalo won in 1:18:53, neutral athlete Sergei Shirobokov took silver in 1:18:55 with Brazilian Caio Bonfim holding on for bronze in 1:19:04.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK

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SOUTH AFRICA’S CASTER SEMENYA WINS HER THIRD 800M WORLD TITLE

LONDON, South Africa’s Caster Semenya reclaimed her World Championship title with a stunning victory in the women’s 800 metres in a time of 1:55.16 at the IAAF World Championships here Sunday with Burundian Francine Niyonsaba taking silver in 1:55.92 and American Ajee Wilson bronze in 1:56.65.

Semenya also improved by 0.11 seconds the national record she had set last month at a Diamond League meeting in Monaco.

The Olympic gold medallist adopted her well-known tactic of holding a place in the middle of the pack during the first lap with the athletes hitting the bell in 57.98 seconds, and it was at 600 metres that the top three broke away. The 26-year-old Semenya then produced a stunning kick down the final straight to annihilate the contenders and win the gold comfortably by a six-metre margin.

Semenya added to the two gold medals she won in the event in 2009 and 2011. With the latest victory, the South African golden girl also matched Mozambican Maria Mutola’s mark of three world titles in the women’s 800m.

The outstanding performance of Semenya capped off a highly successful competition for the nation as South Africa ended the championships with six medals, including three golds. Earlier in the day, Lebogang Shange produced a stunning performance to claim fourth in a new South African record in the men’s 20-kilomtre Race Walk.

Shange finished less than 30 seconds behind Colombian winner Eider Arevalo as he crossed the line in a new national record of one hour 19 minutes and 18 seconds. His performance also smashed his previous personal best of 1:20:06.

Arevalo won in 1:18:53, neutral athlete Sergei Shirobokov took silver in 1:18:55 with Brazilian Caio Bonfim holding on for bronze in 1:19:04.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK

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