Semenya 'to run her own race'

2013-07-26 10:00
Caster Semenya (Gallo Images)

Johannesburg - Caster Semenya will need to run hard from the gun and avoid getting caught in a tactical battle, according to her agent Jukka Harkonen, in her final bid to qualify for the IAAF World Championships this weekend.

Semenya will compete in the women's 800m event at the Flanders Cup meeting in Ninove, Belgium, on Saturday.

"Caster needs to run her own race," Harkonen said on Thursday night.

Semenya won her comeback race last week after a lengthy layoff, but was well outside the qualifying standard for the world championships, clocking a pedestrian 2:06.58 at the Lahti Games in Finland.

It was her first competitive outing since last year's London Olympic Games, after recovering from a long-term knee problem. She had undergone extensive rehabilitation to correct an imbalance in her leg strength due to the effects of an operation she had as a child.

Semenya improved her season's best by more than two seconds in Lapinlahti on Sunday, winning the two-lap race at the Savo Games in 2:04.48, but again failed to qualify.

And while she won both races in Finland, Harkonen warned she would need to treat the race in Ninove as a time trial and ward off any danger of being drawn into a contest with the rest of the field.

"She was capable of running the qualifying time already in Finland on Sunday but she ran the first 400m slower than the second," he said.

Athletics South Africa included seven athletes with B-standard qualifying performances in the provisional team named last week, indicating that Semenya, a medalist at the last two world championships, would be added to the squad with a 2:01.50 'B'-standard performance, and would not need to chase the 2:00.00 'A'-standard.

The qualifying deadline for next month's showpiece in Moscow, Russia, is on Monday.

Read more on:    caster semenya  |  athletics

What To Read Next


Read News24’s Comments Policy publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.
Live Video Streaming
Video Highlights
Sport Talk

Love 2 Meet
English Premiership flutter

Take Sport24's "expert" tips at your peril...

Sport24 on Twitter

Follow Sport24 news on Twitter


With the Absa Premiership in full swing, who will be crowned champions when all is said and done? Will Mamelodi Sundowns defend their title? Or can Kaizer Chiefs, Orlando Pirates or Bidvest Wits mount a serious challenge? Stay glued to Sport24 to find out!

Latest blogs

Patriotism aside, who do you feel deserved to win the 2017 Laureus Breakthrough of the Year award?

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.