Peerless Semenya claims third world 800m title

Rufina Vignone
Agosto 13, 2017

Caster Semenya showed why she was perhaps the heaviest favorite in any event at the World Athletics Championships on Sunday, running a new personal best of 1:55.16 to take gold in the Women's 800-meters.

Francine Niyonsaba of Burundi, world indoor champion and Olympic silver medallist, won the third and final semi ahead of Kenya's Margaret Wambui, bronze medallist at both the world indoors and Olympics past year.

Francine Niyonsaba of Burundi, who took silver behind her in Rio, was second again in 1:55.92 with American's Ajee Wilson claiming bronze in 1:56.65. The South African was fifth going through the bell in a fast pace of 57.98sec.

Poland's Angelika Cichocka produced a remarkable finish, cutting in from the outside of lane two to the inside of lane one to sneak second place in heat two and an automatic slot.

The race got off to a fairly quick start, and unsurprisingly it was natural front-runners Niyonsaba and Wilson who went straight to the front, with Semenya, Wambui, and Sharp sitting comfortably behind them.

Semenya has studiously avoided the controversy, instead concentrating on her track performances and she won a bronze in the highly competitive 1500m on Monday in the opening race of her ambitious bid for a distance double.

Semenya, who stands to be awarded the 2012 Olympic gold medal after Russian victor Mariya Savinova was disqualified for doping, now has to await further meetings between the IAAF and CAS to discover if she again has to take testosterone suppressing medication.

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