Two times 800m Olympic gold medallist, Caster Semenya lived to the expectations as she ran her fastest ever women’s 3000m race at the 2nd edition of the Athletics South Africa Grand Prix that was held on Wednesday (23) in Cape Town, South Africa.
This was Semenya’s second major race this season as she trailed early leader Kyla Jacobs before making the decisive move with two laps to go and forged ahead cutting the tape in a new personal best of 8:54.97.
The 31 years-old
“The run was a little bit tricky,” she told reporters after her victory. “Fortunately before the start, the wind died down a bit and worked in our favor. It was a great race, happy with the result.”
Semenya was followed by Aynslee Van Graan who clocked 9:09.63 with Glenrose Xaba closing the first three podium finishes in 9:12.51.
The triple 800m world champion’s previous personal best over the distance 9:04:20 that she got at Potchefstroom in May 2021 when she was chasing qualification for the Tokyo 2020 Games in 2021.
She missed out on her target of 15:10.00 which meant she didn’t qualify for the Olympics after finishing in fourth place in a 5000m meet in Belgium in 15:50.12 in June 2021.
- Caster Semenya 8:54.97
- Aynslee van Graan 9:09:63
- Glenrose Xaba 9:12.51