- Caster Semenya has finally managed to break Zola Budd’s 34-year-old 1500m national record
- Semenya finished with a time of 4:00.71 a new Games and South African record and her own personal best time
- South Africa’s golden girl will be the favourite heading into her preferred 800m event later this week
South Africa’s golden girl of the athletics field, Caster Semenya, has finally broken Zola Budd’s 34-year-old record in the 1500 m event. Semenya smashed the record which was set in 1984 to win gold at the Commonwealth Games.
Semenya finished with a time of 4:00.71 which is a new Commonwealth Games and South African record and also her own personal best in the longer distance running event.
Semenya finished almost 3 seconds clear of her nearest competitor Kenya's Beatrice Chepkoech who finished with a time of 4:03.09. Wales’ Melissa Courtney finished in third with a time of 4:03.44.
Briefly.co.za gathered that Semenya appeared to be at or near her amazing best during the event, she remained relaxed and in the pack for much of the race, before exploding past her rivals with about 300m left to run.
Once Semenya took the lead the writing was on the wall and she never looked in danger of being challenged.
Semenya has given herself a golden opportunity to take home two gold medals, she is the overwhelming favourite heading into her preferred 800m event. She is the reigning Olympic and World Champion over the shorter distance and something dramatic would have to happen for her not to take the gold.
Team South Africa now has a total of nine gold medals, six silver and six bronze medals at this year’s Commonwealth Games.
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