World 800m champion Caster Semenya was back on track at the weekend, testing out her form after a lengthy spell out of action due to a back injury.
Semenya was a surprise starter in the 800m at a league meeting at Pretoria University and this was the first time she was in action since withdrawing injured from the South African Commonwealth Games team in India last year.
Her winning time of 2min 9.60sec won’t have international rivals losing any sleep but coach Michael Seme was satisfied.
He told the Beeld newspaper: ÔÇ£The plan was not for Caster to run a quick time. It was really nothing else than a hard training session. We wanted to ascertain how her back would respond if she participated in a race,ÔÇØ he said. ÔÇ£It went well. Caster said afterwards that her back was still worrying her, but it’s nothing serious.ÔÇØ
Seme said that there was now a good chance of her participating in the Yellow Pages series earlier than what had been planned.
Other good news for SA track and field was that 2006 Commonwealth champion Anika Smit, cleared 1.83m, also at a Tukkies meeting. Her winning height was better than that which won gold at the 2010 SA senior championships.