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Semenya smashes Games record and adds to legacy

Athletics
14 Apr 2018

South Africa’s Caster Semenya smashed the 800m Games record to become only the third woman in Commonwealth Games history to complete the 800 and 1500m double.

The world and Olympic 800m champion controlled the race from the front on Friday night – and never looked troubled - passing 400m in 58.66 before accelerating clear of the field in the final 200m to lower the Games record to 1:56.68.

"As a South African, I feel proud,” Semenya said.

"I believe we are one of the great nations, especially when it comes to sports.

"When you look at our sporting history, we always do great, in terms of cricket and rugby.

“We try to make sure that we inspire the youth.

"Being able to win the double (800m and 1500m at these Games) is a memory I'll never forget but I'm doing this for the youth to show them that anything is possible, if you believe."

Olympic bronze medallist Margaret Wambui took silver for Kenya in 1:58.07, with Jamaica’s Natoya Goule winning bronze in a personal best 1:58.82.

Semenya joins Kirsty Wade in 1986 and Nancy Langat in 2010 as winners of the women's Commonwealth 800m and 1500m double.

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