Event: Women’s Long Distances Date of birth: 1985/04/09 Personal bests: 800m (2:03.36),...
ANOTHER EASY WIN FOR SEMENYA IN RABAT
Middle-distance specialist Caster Semenya was the best of the SA contingent at the third leg of the Diamond League series in Rabat on Sunday, with the top-flight campaign stopping in Africa for the first time.
Semenya coasted to a convincing victory in the women’s 800m race, adding to her win at the Diamond League opener in Doha two weeks earlier.
Her time of 1:56.64 was her fastest performance in nearly five years, as she crossed the line more than a minute clear of her nearest challenger.
Ruswahl Samaai also secured a morale-boosting victory, after finishing second in Shanghai a week earlier, launching a best leap of 8.38m to win the men’s long jump by two centimetres.
He equalled his personal best, as well as the meeting record with a fine performance.
In the men’s 110m hurdles, Antonio Alkana finished third in a personal best time of 13.28, running the race of his life to miss Lehann Fourie’s four-year-old national record by 0.04.
Carina Horn got off to a wobbly start, but she produced a strong second-half surge in the women’s 100m race to grab fourth position.
Running into a headwind, the national record holder crossed the line in 11.28, with Jamaican Elaine Thompson securing victory in 11.02.
Over the 400m hurdles, Wenda Nel also got off to a great start, lying second off the final bend, and though she faded slightly down the home straight she finished third in 54.88.
Janeive Russell of Jamaica won the race in 54.16.
Dumisane Hlaselo was eighth in the men’s 1 500m contest in 3:37.73, again failing in his attempt to meet the Olympic qualifying standard of 3:36.20.
Kenyan athlete Timothy Cheruiyot won the race in 3:33.61.