SEMENYA CAPS FINE SEASON IN ZURICH

 
Updated: September 1, 2016

Semenya on her way to victory at the Diamond League meeting in Doha earlier this year (photo credit: www.couriermail.com.au)

Caster Semenya continued her unbeaten run in the women’s 800m event this season, charging to victory at the penultimate leg of the Diamond League series in Zurich on Thursday evening.

The Olympic gold medallist won her race in 1:56.44, with Francine Niyonsaba of Burundi taking second place in 1:56.76.

With her fifth Diamond League victory of the season, Semenya lifted the overall series crown in her specialist discipline.

She finished with 60 points, 10 ahead of Niyonsaba in the final standings of the two-lap event.

In the men’s 100m sprint, national record holder Akani Simbine snatched second spot, crossing the line in 9.99 to hold off African champion Ben Youssef Meite of Ivory Coast, who was awarded the same time in third place.

Former world record holder Asafa Powell of Jamaica won the race in 9.94.

A late addition to the start lists, LJ van Zyl took advantage of the opportunity, grabbing third spot in a hard-fought men’s 400m hurdles race.

Van Zyl completed the event in 48.80, with Olympic champion Kerron Clement of the United States earning the win in 48.72.

With both athletes finishing on the podium in their respective finals, Simbine and Van Zyl both ended third in the season tables.

Wenda Nel took fourth position in 55.15 in the women’s 400m hurdles race, with American Shamier Little securing victory in 53.97.

The last of 14 legs in the Diamond League campaign, acting as the second of two series finals, will be held in Brussels on September 9.