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Semenya makes another mark in Monaco

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South Africa’s Caster Semenya continued her total domination of international women’s 800-metre distance running in Monaco on Friday, writes MARK ETHERIDGE.

The Olympic, world and Commonwealth champion beat yet another classy field to stretch her unbeaten run in the two-lap event to an amazing 37 victories.

Setting off from the gun with clear intent, Semenya settled into a comfortable rhythm and at the gun for the final lap she saw the clock tick over at 55.76 seconds with a handy lead under her belt.

Going down the back straight it seemed she may falter, but when she hit the final 150m there was no preventing her win as she easily held off any would-be challengers.

Her winning time was 1min 54.60sec, and yet another milestone as she bettered the previous meeting record of 1:55.27. That stood behind her own name – 1:55.27 that she ran exactly a year ago on Friday.

Burundi’s Francine Niyonsaba took second in 1:55.96 and Jamaica’s Natoya Goule third in 1:56.15.

Only three South Africans were in action on the night and first off was Carina Horn in the women’s 100m final.

South Africa’s first sub 11-sec 100 sprinter, she ended seventh of eight finalists in a time of 11.21 as Ivory Coast duo Marie-Josee Ta Lou and Muriellel Ahoure took gold and silver in 10.89 and 11.01.

Ta Lou is clearly the in-form woman of world sprinting right now with four wins out of four on her recent report card.

The final event featuring a South African was the men’s 200m where Luxolo Adams went off in lane two.

But he was left standing as new sprint sensation Noah Lyles of America blitzed to a world leading, meeting record and personal best time of 19.65.

The national sprint champion, Adams, clocked seventh in 20.65sec.

Photo: Semenya celebrates her Monaco moment, by Valery Hache/AFP/Getty Images)


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