Semenya: It's a new beginning

2010-07-15 22:37

Wilhelm de Swardt

Pretoria – South African 800m women’s world champion Caster Semenya on Thursday returned to competition with an easy victory recording a relatively slow time of 2m 4.22secs at Lappeenrantha, Finland.

Semenya, though, was happy with her time after a such a long absence.

"To come and run a 2:04 is not easy, especially after what happened," Semenya said. "I was a little bit nervous because it has been a long time not competing."

"It's a new beginning," she added.

Semenya, who started in lane 4, was level with most of her competition before pulling away on the home straight to beat a weak field.

Mari Jarvenpaa of Finland finished second in 2:04.71 and Olha Yekymenko of the Ukraine third in 2:05.

Her winning time was almost 9 seconds slower than the 1:55.42 with which she won the gold medal at the world meeting in Berlin last year.

Local experts said that they would be surprised if she immediately started posting world class times.

Former Springbok athlete Ilze Wicksel, the first South African woman to run the 800m under 2 minutes and also a former winner in Lappeenrantha, emphasised that training was one thing but competing quite another.

“It will be interesting to see what times Caster runs a few weeks from now once she has started training properly,” said Wicksel.

Jean Verster, who is also a former Springbok and currently a middle distance trainer, said that it was important for Semenya’s confidence to win.

“I think we will only really know what Caster is capable of when she starts running against women again that can run the 800m in 2 minutes or less. Taking into account that it was her first race again, she probably did not do too badly,” she said.

“Personally I think Caster’s opponents were carefully picked to ensure that she wins.”

Semenya’s winning time is not among the 130 best in the world.

Mapaseka Makhanya, who ran a time of 2:03.36 in Germany two weeks ago, is currently South Africa’s fastest athlete over the distance.


  • Deon - 2010-07-15 23:27

    This is a bloody disgrace! I feel sorry for the girls competing against him! Bet if he was white, he would long since have been banned and probably never ever have been allowed to compete.. Nice to be black hey...

  • SA<3 - 2010-07-16 00:22

    Go Semenya SA loves you :) And to all you nay sayers go find something else to be negative about...

  • Peter - 2010-07-16 06:59

    Fantastic - go girl, go!

  • scipio - 2010-07-16 07:23

    uhm.. yeah no comment

  • Les - 2010-07-16 07:27

    Well, congretulations are in order lady Caster, i watched you winning it last night and i was so moved inside....We are proud of you Caster, all the best for the coming Common Wealth race...!

  • koos - 2010-07-16 07:30

    stil runs like a man

  • Yacoob - 2010-07-16 07:39

    i'm amazed how the bigoted white racists remarks gets preference on this site ... THE MORE THINGS CHANGE THE MORE THEY STAY THE SAME

  • colio - 2010-07-16 07:40

    fantastic!!!!!!!!!!! Deon you r such a bloody racist pig go and hide yourself in the bush u r distgusting

  • JAF - 2010-07-16 07:41

    Grow up Deon, you idiot. If it was Bakkies he would have head-butted the other racers. Nice to be have a testoterone problem. Well come back to racing, Semenya!

  • DC@Deon - 2010-07-16 07:54

    You another sother that is reading too many Australian Tabloid Newspapers. Were is your proof. Show me some medical reports that prove your theory that she is not woman. You got nothing, so remain being a jealous, Anti-Patriot sother. The reason why you cannot believe she is that good is because she is black. Black woman are only good for cleaning your toilets are they!! Why dont you move to America and start a campaign against the Williams sisters or something because you are surely not a proud South African

  • Man - 2010-07-16 07:55

    Good win my boy uhm girl.... hell I dont know?? Lets call herim a boyrl. One things for sure, heshe will give one a moerse klap!. If thats a girl, then I'm an alien.

  • Aluta - 2010-07-16 07:56

    @Deon Ya right, it is indeed nice to be black, being stripped naked in fornt of the whole world is indeed nice, to have your rights trampled all over by the IAAF is also very nice. All countries of the world conspire to make favours for you because of your Blackness, you are pressumed good, intelligent, honest until you prove everyone wrong and embarass the world by showing that you can also be bad, corrupt, ruthless etc. On the other hand it is really bad to be white, evryone is out there to get you, remember one white athlete Elana Meyer, no judged her by the way she looked but instead she judged by her skills and capabilities and if tere had been any doubt all tests and investigations would have been treated with confidentiality and her dignity would have been kept intact, now that is bad, really, really bad!!!

  • Zaq @ Deon - 2010-07-16 07:59

    Agreed - you took the words right out of my mouth!

  • tshepo - 2010-07-16 08:00

    Go Caster....make us proud as always!

  • Jawa D Bunter - 2010-07-16 08:02

    Lets get behind Caster and support her like we supported Bafana Bafana during the World Cup. Wear your colour on Friday for Caster !

  • bek - 2010-07-16 08:10

    Deon, obviously is jy 'n suurknol witte wat die hele land blameer omdat jy nie iets kan bereik nie nê? Hou jou bek eerder as wat jy sulke twak kwytraak. SY het gewen, fair and square, deal with it. Die wêreld skuld jou niks, so hou op om aan te gaan asof dit doen. Kleur het niks hiermee te doene nie. As sy wit was, het die hele bleddie IAAF nie SO lank gewag en aanmekaar bly uitstel om te bevestig dat sy wel vroulik is nie. Hulle sou sommer 'n hele hoo-haa gehad het om dit so spoedig moontlik af te handel.

  • Bulelwa - 2010-07-16 08:11

    Well done sister you make us proud

  • gareth - 2010-07-16 08:12

    @Deon. I am so sorry for the fact that you have no pride in yourself to make such an outlandish comment. Maybe if SHE was born white she would have grown up with the right means and would never have been put through any of her more recent accusations. At a time when national pride is higher than ever you are a bloody disgrace. Comments such as yours do as much as Malema's for the positive upliftment of the country. Keep it to yourself

  • KB - 2010-07-16 08:14

    Can't we debate anything in this country without pulling the race card? Its racists like you Deon that will make sure that our country does not move forward.You should look at Caster as a South African, a winner, an African like you,not a black girl who is underserving to be an athlete. Can't we celebrate all South Africans success without first looking whether they're black or white?

  • Ella - 2010-07-16 08:16

    Ag Deon, jou opmerking is tog so ongevraag, en dit sal so baie beter met ons land gaan sonder mense soos jy. Jy praat NIE namens alle wit mense nie!

  • Jawa D Bunter - 2010-07-16 08:17

    We must support Caster like we supported Bafanan Bafana during the World Cup. Wear your colours on Fridays for Caster !

  • Buttons! - 2010-07-16 08:19

    U knw wat Deon? u talking a whole lot of crap! this has absolutely nothin to do with a race, dont be stupid here, if aint gon nothin 2 say then just shut up and go make ur stupid somewher else!

  • Harold - 2010-07-16 08:23

    @Deon - Martina Navratilova was white and she was never suspended or doubted. Caster has been cleared to compete with other females. People like you are still stuck in the dark days! Go Caster!

  • @Deon - 2010-07-16 08:26

    STOP BEING NEGATIVE,WHAT a PIG U R.Get a life bru.

  • roxyp - 2010-07-16 08:29

    @ Deon - shame - were you born this stupid ?? - people like you give SA a bad name! I think it's fantastic that she is yet again showing them how it's done! GO SEMENYA!!

  • PEB - 2010-07-16 08:34

    Deon gaan praat oor die Bulle, stop jou strond. Die res van ons wil voorentoe kyk.

  • NCM - 2010-07-16 08:34

    @Deon you are the one who is a BLOODY DISGRASE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Hannes - 2010-07-16 08:37

    Deon go fly a kite! If this were you, how would you do after not competing for 11 months! It is not a race thing, the current world record holder for women's 100m was white and definitely a man, so have a cup of shut the F up!

  • Cast-him - 2010-07-16 08:38

    Wow, brilliant how HE just ran away from those poor LADIES...what a performance..!!!! Well done do your nation proud... :-)

  • louis - 2010-07-16 08:40

    Oh Deon, go hang yourself over a bridge with a piece of tissue.!!!!!

  • Hulisani Nemaxwi - 2010-07-16 08:42

    Deon, get over yourself. Caster is a girl. She is running as a person, representing our country. There is nothing black about her back running so take you racists remakrs that attacks all blacks and whites and shove them deep into the ocean. What good have you brought to this country except insulting people, including your own race, be it black or white. We are so united in this country and look at all the coments made its only you with very big head and little mind.

  • kakata - 2010-07-16 08:43

    Congratulation girl. Continue reclaiming your position in the world. It is unfortunate that people still continue making the gender remarks even when medical doctors did not find anything wrong which was claimed to give the young girl an unfair advantage over other women. Go on girl I am proud of you.

  • Mihloti - 2010-07-16 08:48

    Caster is great and it's time we accept that, AND support her!

  • Johns - 2010-07-16 08:49

    If you look like a man, sound like a man, run like a man. What are you?

  • anon - 2010-07-16 08:52

    There is enough male elements in her to make the ordinary man not want to sleep with her..She has a big unfair advantage and its time for South Africans to admit that.

  • Thabiso Makhetha - 2010-07-16 08:52

    Disgusting comment Deon.....I think your place is still available in Orania..pack your bags and leave.......

  • Me! - 2010-07-16 08:55

    @ Deon how would you feel if it was your child? You still gonna have children or grandchildren so don't coment like that.she was born like that, nothing will change her.Pray to God to never bless you with a child like Semenya, because if he does you would feel the pain she and her family are going through. Go !Caster we wish all the best. South Africa is bihind you

  • franz - 2010-07-16 08:55

    well done semenya you are a star

  • Ru - 2010-07-16 08:55

    @ Dean. Right!! why dont we bring racism into it. this has nothing to do with being black or white. It is either you have what it takes or not. Stop making excuses. We are human beings first before we are blacks or whites or indians or Japanese. we are all one in Christ.

  • J. Zuma - 2010-07-16 08:56

    It's a new beginning for HIM. Wish HIM all the best running against the ladies. Hope HE proves HIMSELF once and for all. Hope HE gets rid of the negativity surrounding HIM. I see HE got a huge hug from HIS coach.

  • fuzzy - 2010-07-16 08:56

    Yeah I feel for those women who dont have Casters advantage. Deon - get a life, you as bad as the other side. Seeing racism where non exists.

  • Zandile - 2010-07-16 08:57

    You go BOY i mean girl. Wait YOU GO IT!! she be the man. That be a she/man. ONE things for sure Casters GOT ALOT OF BALLS to run with those girls.

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  • Piet - 2010-07-16 08:58

    You be the MAN!!!!!!

  • Nick - 2010-07-16 08:59

    Deon you are clearly bitter with life. Perhaps a relaxing massage, a warm bath, and some sharp razor blades will make your life a lot easier. Nice to be a douchebag hey...

  • @Deon - 2010-07-16 09:01

    go to flippin Australia you twig....

  • Adie - 2010-07-16 09:03

    I also watched the race last night and although Caster looked nervous, a good race was run and for the moment it is all about confidence boosting. Caster has passed all the relevant tests and is free to run, so girl, you just go for it and do your best. For those of you who have nothing nice to say, please do not place your comments here.

  • @Deon - 2010-07-16 09:04

    go to flippin Australia you twig....

  • Mkateko - 2010-07-16 09:04

    Can you people just leave Caster alone? @ Deon, why everything has to be about race? if she was white??? - Look, i'm proud to be black, so should you if you are white? She has had enough of this bull***t. She is a south african, m proud of her, this would not be different if she was white!

  • @Deon - 2010-07-16 09:09

    Take your attitude and shove it were the sun dont shine!!!!!...congrats Caster!!!