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Semenya seeks to stamp her mark in Monaco

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Middle-distance runner Caster Semenya will be eager to continue her domination in the 800m event at Friday’s IAAF Diamond League series meeting in Monaco.

Semenya is one of three South African athletes in action, the other two being sprinters Luxolo Adams and Carina Horn.

Monaco is the 10th leg of the IAAF Diamond League series.

Fresh from her spectacular 1min 54.25sec national record in Paris last month, world champion Semenya faces a typically strong field which includes in-form rivals Francine Niyonsaba of Burundi and Ajee Wilson of the United States, but she should be confident of gaining another victory.

In the women’s 100m contest, Horn will have to be at her best to put up a challenge against a packed lineup. The national record holder enters the blocks against Olympic champion Elaine Thompson of Jamaica, 200m world champion Dafne Schippers of the Netherlands, former Commonwealth Games champion Blessing Okagbare-Ighoteguonor of Nigeria, and Ivorian speedsters Murielle Ahoure and Marie-Josee ta Lou.

Having delivered impressive results in his debut Diamond League campaign, Adams will also need to be sharp in order to put up another fight in the men’s 200m.

The SA champion will turn out against in-form world champion Ramil Guliyev of Turkey, American speedster Noah Lyles and Commonwealth Games champion Jereem Richards of Trinidad and Tobago.

Semenya has already booked her place in next month’s Diamond League finals, while Horn and Adams are both within reach of finishing the series among the top eight in their specialist disciplines.

Times (SA time) of the three athletes competing:
8:50pm: Carina Horn (100m women)
9:25pm: Caster Semenya (800m women)
9:35pm: Luxolo Adams (200m men).


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