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Semenya breaks 25-year-old 800m African record

World champion Caster Semenya led from the front again as South Africa continued their fine form on the final day of the 21st African Athletics Championships in Asaba.

Semenya took her second gold medal in Nigeria, this time in the women’s 800m final on Sunday.

The two-time Olympic champion stopped the clock in a time of 1:56.06 at the Stephen Keshi Stadium.

Semenya broke a African record held by her idol Maria Mutola, which the Mozambican icon ran at the 1993 African Championships in Durban (1:56.36).

Burundian Francine Niyonsaba took silver in 1:57.97 and Bayih Habitam Alemu of Ethiopia took bronze in a time of 1:58.86.

On Friday, Semenya smashed a 18-year-old national record previously held by Heide Seyerling in the women’s 400m final – becoming the first SA woman to dip under 50 seconds.

Source: sport24.co.za