SEMENYA SHINES IN MONACO
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – AUGUST 20: Caster Semenya of South Africa celebrating her gold medal in the Women’s 800m race. Olympic Athletics August 20, 2016 at the Olympic Stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by ©Christiaan Kotze/SASPA
Caster Semenya led the charge on Friday night, as In-Site athletes showed superb form in the build-up to the IAAF World Championships in London next month with fine performances at the Diamond League meeting in Monaco.
Semenya had to put up a fight to hold off a strong challenge from Francine Niyonsaba of Burundi, storming across the line in 1:55.27 to break her South African 800m record of 1:55.28.
“I showed my strength but it was a hard fight to the end. The girls surprised me by how well they ran,” Semenya said, with four of the top five athletes clocking national bests.
Wayde van Niekerk, meanwhile, set a new meeting record to win the men’s 400m race in 43.73 seconds, surging past Isaac Makwala of Botswana down the home straight to take another confidence-boosting victory.
“It was a great performance today. I’m feeling positive about it,” Van Niekerk said.
“My body feels to be in great shape and this win from behind gives me a lot of confidence.”
In the men’s 100m race, Akani Simbine grabbed third place in 10.02 seconds, with Jamaican star Usain Bolt earning the win in 9.95.
“Again our athletes have proved they are medal contenders for the World Championships,” said Peet van Zyl of In-Site Athlete Management.
“We wish them well in their final preparations and we look forward to seeing them in action in London.”
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