South African Athletics

No stopping Caster as she powers to Zurich win

2017-08-24 21:14
Caster Semenya (Getty Images)

Cape Town - There seems to be no stopping Caster Semenya! The South African athlete proved far too strong for a quality field, winning the 800m event at the Zurich Diamond League event with ease.

After the field went out extremely quickly during the first 400 metres, Semenya seemed happy to sit back and watch the race unfold. With 300 metres to go however, she began to surge to the head of the field.

And there she stayed as she won the event in a stunning time of 1:55.84, just off her season's best of 1:55.16.

Francine Niyonsaba (Burundi) was second in 1:56.71 and Margaret Nyairera Wambui (Kenya) finished third in 1:56.87. 

In the men's 100m, Akani Simbie could only finish in 6th in a time of 10.10. Chijindu Ujah won the race in 9.97 with world champion Justin Gatlin only managing 4th. 

Earlier, South Africa's Wenda Nel finished 6th in the women's 400m hurdles in a time of 55.86, well below her season's best of 54.58.

In the men's 400m hurdles, LJ van Zyl finished well down the field in seventh in 49.92, well off the pace of 48.07 set by Kyron McMaster (British Virgin Islands).

Pieter Conradie finished a disappointing 7th in the men's 400m in a time of 46.45, well behind winner Isaac Makwala (Botswana) who stopped the clock in 43.95.  


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