Caster Semenya eased to a maiden Olympic crown over 800 metres after launching a punishing attack on the final bend at Rio 2016.
The South African set a national record of 1:55.28 to finish comfortably clear of Burundi’s Francine Niyonsaba and Kenya’s Margaret Wambui, who took silver and bronze respectively.
I dedicate this to my team. They’ve done a fantastic job. It’s a great feeling. Just fantastic. I couldn’t believe it. Just fantastic,” said a stunned Semeya, still comprehending her feat despite being the overwhelming favourite.
Behind her, Niyonsaba, the world Indoor champion, grabbed silver in 1:56.49 to win Burundi’s first ever female Olympic athletics medallist and just the second ever for her country 20 years after Venuste Niyongabo won the men’s 5000m gold in 1996.
Bronze went to the 20-year-old emerging Kenyan talent Margaret Wambui, who out-fought Melissa Bishop of Canada in a tight tussle down the home stretch to stop the clock in a PB of 1:56.89.