SEMENYA GEARS UP FOR ANOTHER MEDAL CHARGE


Caster Semenya will line up as the title favourite on Sunday, after cruising through the women’s 800m semifinals on Friday evening, on day eight of the IAAF World Championships in London.
The Olympic champion, who had already bagged the 1 500m bronze medal four days earlier, dominated her race in the penultimate round by taking the win in 1:58.90, and she progressed as the fastest qualifier for the final.
“The main thing for us now is that we have a strong field, but we’ll just try to relax as much as we can so we can do better in the final,” Semenya said.
Though she was expected to deliver another medal on the last day of competition, however, the Olympic champion remained cautious and was not getting ahead of herself.
“You can’t tell much, you can’t underestimate your opponents, you can’t calculate or measure them,” she said.
“It’s just about trying to enjoy your race.”
Gena Lofstrand put up another brave fight, after stunning her opponents to reach the two-lap semifinals, but she was unable to progress further after finishing eighth in her race in 2:03.67.
With two days of competition remaining, In-Site athletes had contributed four of the South African team’s record five medals at the global showpiece.

Caster Semenya will line up as the title favourite on Sunday, after cruising through the women’s 800m semifinals on Friday evening, on day eight of the IAAF World Championships in London.
The Olympic champion, who had already bagged the 1 500m bronze medal four days earlier, dominated her race in the penultimate round by taking the win in 1:58.90, and she progressed as the fastest qualifier for the final.
“The main thing for us now is that we have a strong field, but we’ll just try to relax as much as we can so we can do better in the final,” Semenya said.
Though she was expected to deliver another medal on the last day of competition, however, the Olympic champion remained cautious and was not getting ahead of herself.
“You can’t tell much, you can’t underestimate your opponents, you can’t calculate or measure them,” she said.
“It’s just about trying to enjoy your race.”
Gena Lofstrand put up another brave fight, after stunning her opponents to reach the two-lap semifinals, but she was unable to progress further after finishing eighth in her race in 2:03.67.
With two days of competition remaining, In-Site athletes had contributed four of the South African team’s record five medals at the global showpiece.

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