Athletics: Semenya to attempt double again at Commonwealth Games

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) – Caster Semenya will again attempt the 800 meters and 1500m double at next year’s Commonwealth Video Games before surroundings her attractions on an international file.

Athletics – 76th ISTAF Berlin – Berlin, Germany – August 27, 2017 South Africa’s Caster Semenya wins the ladies’s 600m with UNITED STATES OF AMERICA’s Ajee Wilson in 2nd place REUTERS/Fabrizio Bensch

The 26-12 months-previous South African gained gold in the shorter distance and a shock bronze within the 1500m at the World Championship in London in August.

“I’ll once more be going for the double however I want to enhance on my tactics (for the 1500m),” she told journalists.

“The 1500m is a race that excites me. I look ahead to racing it.”

Her instruct Jean Verster mentioned the 800m world document could be a priority for Semenya after the April Games at the Gold Coast in Australia.

“We Will be gunning for that in the next season. I Feel she can most likely damage it already however we’ve got to search out the right race because you don’t need to put your whole cards on the table and then get beaten,” he informed South Africa’s Impartial Newspapers.

Semenya won the 800m in London in a single minute Fifty Five.16 seconds, the fastest time within the experience because 2008.

“I imagine a time of 1:52 is that you can imagine. It Is Just a matter of moving into the precise race with the fitting pacemaker,” stated Verster.

The Arena document of 1:Fifty Three.28 is now almost 35 years old and was once set by means of Czech Jarmila Kratochvilova in Munich in July 1983.

Reporting with the aid of Mark Gleeson; Editing with the aid of Sudipto Ganguly; mark.gleeson@thomsonreuters.com; +27828257807; Reuters Messaging: Reuters Messaging: mark.gleeson.thomsonreuters.com@reuters.web

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