Athletics

Caster confident of qualifying

2012-04-19 15:02
Caster Semenya (File)

Johannesburg - Caster Semenya remains confident of securing a place in South Africa's athletics team for the London Olympic Games.

The former 800m world champion must, on two occasions, set the standard of one minute, 59.90 seconds (1:59.90) in her event before the June 30 qualifying deadline.

"Qualification is simple for me, and if I continue the way I've been doing at training, then I'm in," Semenya said on Thursday.

"I don't feel the pressure of qualifying because as an athlete I know what to do, and that is to dip under two minutes."

Semenya clocked 2:03.60 in hear season debut over 800m in Potchefstroom last month, and was only slightly quicker, crossing the line in 2:02.68, when she retained the national title in Port Elizabeth last week.

She joins fellow two-lap specialist Mbulaeni Mulaudzi as they go in search of the Olympic qualifying standards at the SA Open Championships in Pretoria on Friday night.

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