Caster's coach urges patience

2010-08-04 14:08

Johannesburg - Caster Semenya's coach has cautioned that not too much should be expected right away from the South African 800 metres world champion as her return to competitive athletics after her enforced break gathers pace.

"Depending on how her training goes she will be competitive but it will not be easy," Michael Seme told Reuters. "For any athlete to come back to competition after such a long break is not easy. It is almost like starting all over again."

Semenya has won two low-key events in Finland since being cleared to resume her track career after almost a year away from competition following a series of controversial gender tests.

The 19-year-old has confirmed her attendance at two European meets, the ISTAF on Aug. 22 in Berlin - where she won the world title last year - and the Notturna di Milano on Sept. 9.

Semenya will also compete in Cape Town in September.

Semenya's goal this season is a strong performance at the Commonwealth Games in New Delhi in October and Seme said it was vital that his charge is prepared for the challenge.

"We probably need about eight races to get Caster ready for the Commonwealth Games," Seme said.

"We don't really care about the standard of opposition and she may not run fast times soon but she needs to have time on the track," he added.

Semenya's appearance at the ISTAF meeting will see her return to the venue where she clinched gold in the Berlin world championships in a time of one minute 55.45 seconds.

"I have now run at two meets in Finland and won them both but I cannot be completely satisfied with my times," Semenya said in a statement on ISTAF's website (

"Still, after eleven really hard months in which I've been through a lot I'm looking forward to being on the track once again," she added.


  • Nkosi - 2010-08-04 14:38

    Not so strong anymore, get some balls

  • JERRY MATHOPA - 2010-08-04 14:59

    It is good to see Caster running again!

  • Lulama - 2010-08-04 15:39

    I am glad that She is back and good luck for the future

  • Zarne - 2010-08-04 15:46

    Welcome to slow running Caster, you are a woman now and with the testosterone being depleted and replaced by oestrogen you will "NOT BE SO STRONG ANYMORE". It is hard work being a woman and you have to work HARD for what you want to achieve.

  • Graham - 2010-08-04 15:46

    Great biceps. Gym work or natural?

  • Carolyn - 2010-08-04 17:01

    What is the MATTER with you people!! Is it that much easier to say something nasty to a public figure who has never done you the slightest harm than to confront whatever it is in your life that is making you miserable??? Get some therapy, get a life! Caster, great show and dont pay any attention to those idiots. Whatever your medical issues were, at least there was a fix for them.

  • Jack Rabbit - 2010-08-05 09:50

    Is Caster going to run in Cape Town or Stellenbosch. I hear there is a bid meet planned for September in Stellenbosch by the University of Stellenbosch. We want to get tickets...Anyone with more info?

  • Oh Yes! - 2010-08-09 16:07

    U show dem gals Boy!

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