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Caster Semenya takes second 800m world title

13 Août 2017

Burundian Francine Niyonsaba claimed silver in 1:55.92, with American Ajee Wilson finishing third in 1:56.65.

Semenya clinched her second 800m gold medal at the world championships following her 2009 triumph in Berlin, while she also won a bronze medal in the 1 500m at this edition.

Kenya's Margaret Wambui, bronze medallist at both the world indoors and Olympics previous year, won that heat, but Arzamasova's season's best of 2:01.92 was not fast enough to see her bag one of the faster loser places. The South African was fifth going through the bell in a fast pace of 57.98sec.

Niyonsaba herself finished strongly to take the silver medal, with Wilson easing down in the final meters knowing she had secured a medal.

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Hitting the home straight, Wilson and Niyonsaba were neck and neck before Semenya moved smoothly outside the lead duo and motored through the line for a convincing victory.

The 26-year-old South African was one of a number of women taking medication to lower her testosterone level until 2015 when the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) suspended an IAAF rule that enforced a limit on naturally occurring levels.

Semenya has studiously avoided the controversy, instead concentrating on her track performances and she won a bronze in the highly competitive 1500m on Monday in the opening race of her ambitious bid for a distance double.

"Yes, of course", said the two-time world gold medallist Semenya when asked whether she thought she could again medal in the two-lap race.

Caster Semenya takes second 800m world title