South African Athletics

Semenya, Van Niekerk dominate in Rome

2016-06-02 20:36
Caster Semenya (Gallo Images)

Cape Town - Caster Semenya has destroyed the field in the women's 800m at a Diamond League event held in Rome, finishing over 12 metres ahead Francine Niyonsaba and sending an ominous warning to her rivals as the Rio Olympics approach. 

Semenya was happy to sit at the back of the field and was seemingly boxed in on the first lap.

She quickly moved to the front of the field after the first lap, reeling in Niyonsaba who had built a healthy lead over the chasing pack.

Niyonsaba had no answer for Semenya's kick as she pulled away easily over the final 60 meters to cross the line in 1.56.64. for her third Diamond League victory of the year.

World champion Wayde van Niekerk won his 400m race against a quality field, taking the lead entering the home straight and even easing up at the end to cross the line in 44.19, ahead of Braylon Taplin (Grenada) and Isaac Makwala (Botswana).

This was Van Niekerk's first race outside of South Africa this season. 


What To Read Next


Read News24’s Comments Policy

Live Video Streaming
Video Highlights
Sport Talk

Live scoring

Love 2 Meet
English Premiership flutter

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


The 2017/18 Absa Premiership season is under way. Can Bidvest Wits defend their title? Will Soweto giants Kaizer Chiefs or Orlando Pirates emerge victorious? Or will the bookies' favourites, Mamelodi Sundowns, taste success for a record eighth time? Stay glued to Sport24 to find out!

Latest blogs

Caster Semenya has been nominated for the 2018 Laureus World Sportswoman of the Year award. Which of the nominees deserves the award most?

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.