Semenya decimates 35-year old record while Jobodwana trounces Gatlin

Semenya decimates 35-year old record while Jobodwana trounces Gatlin

- Caster Semenya broke the South African 1000m record last night, the record has been standing since 1983

- Semenya ran a time of 2:35.44 which is almost 2 seconds better than the old record which was 2:37.45

- Anaso Jobodwana beat 100m world champion Justin Gatlin in the 150m race

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Athletics returned to South Africa with a bang last night when the second leg of the Athletix Grand Prix was held at the Tuks sports ground.

Caster Semenya stole the show when she broke the 35-year old South African record for the 1000 metres.

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The 800m world champion dominated the race from start to finish and never looked like being challenged by any of the other competitors. gathered that Semenya decimated the old record by nearly two seconds. Semenya’s time of 2:35.44 was just under two seconds faster than the record time of 2:37.45.

The previous record was set by Ilze Wicksell way back in 1983.

Semenya said she was incredibly happy with the new record. “It’s fantastic if you train towards your goals and with a fantastic team behind you, anything is possible, all we have to go do now is to celebrate!”

Meanwhile, the much hyped up 150m sprint between 100m world champion Justin Gatlin and South Africa’s Anaso Jobodwana turned into a slight anti-climax.

Jobodwana won the race, but Gatlin could only manage a lowly fourth position and never looked to be in the race.

Jobodwana said he was happy with the result and hinted that South Africa had a very good sprint team for the upcoming Commonwealth Games.

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