Cape Town - Caster Semenya showed fine early
form at the second Yellow Pages Interprovincial in Bellville on
Saturday, comfortably winning the women's 400 metres in 53.62 seconds.
Semenya, a two-lap specialist, used her endurance to her advantage as she got her season off to an impressive start.
former world 800m champion made her charge in the final 120m and passed
a tiring Justine Palframan who had set a fast pace from the gun.
a heavy head wind, at times measuring up to five metres per second,
Semenya's power was evident as she strode past the flagging Palframan
who was second in 54.00.
Thuso Mpuang of the Free State won the
men's short sprint double, crossing the line first in both the 100m and
200m by narrow margins.
Mapaseka Makhanya also doubled up, winning the women's 800m, in the absence of Semenya, and 1 500m races.
distance runners were hampered by the wind, with Pieter van der
Westhuizen clocking 3:41.74 to win the men's 1 500m, falling more than
three seconds short of his goal -- the 3:38.00 Olympic qualifying
Gauteng North teammates Stephen Mokoka and Gladwin
Mzazi, and Elroy Gelant of Central North West, also fell short in their
effort to meet the men's 5 000m standard of 13:20.00.
Mzazi secured a surprise victory in 13:28.25, with Mokoka edged into second.
who will compete over 3 000m at the World Indoor Championships in
Istanbul next week, was a distant third, nearly 18 seconds off the pace.