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A new personal best for Caster Semenya in 3000m

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.

LEADING RESULTS

3000M WOMEN

  1. Caster Semenya        8:54.97
  2. Aynslee van Graan   9:09:63
  3. Glenrose Xaba          9:12.51

Caster Semenya to open 2022 season with a 3000m Race

Double Olympic women’s 800m champion will return to competitive racing for the first time since June 30, 2021 when she failed to qualify for the Tokyo Games.

Caster Semenya returns to competitive distance running on Wednesday (23 March), nearly 10 months after failing to achieve the qualifying mark for the Tokyo Olympics in 2021.

The two-time 800m Olympic champion, who scaled up to the longer distances due to the World Athletics’ testosterone rules, will line-up in the women’s 3000m at the second meeting of the Athletics South Africa Grand Prix, at Greenpoint Athletics Stadium in Cape Town.

The South African will be up against local stars, led by former national 5000m champion and two-time world cross country finalist Kesa Molotsane, plus her training partner Glenrose Xaba, a seasoned long-distance runner.

Semenya hasn’t raced competitively since 30 June 2021, when she finished in fourth place in a 5000m meet in Belgium in 15:50.12, missing out on her targeted 15:10.00 which meant she didn’t qualify for the Tokyo 2020 Games in 2021.

The South African 5000m national champion, who raced to her personal best of 15:32.15 in May 2021 has since spent most of her time off the track coaching athletes at the Masai Athletics Club which operates with her wife Violet, in Pretoria and Soweto.

Semenya’s background

In May 2019, a World Athletics eligibility ruling came into effect which prevents female athletes with Differences in Sexual Development (DSD) from competing in women’s events from 400m to one mile (1600m), unless they reduce their testosterone levels.

The 31-year-old Semenya vowed following that ruling that she would not take any testosterone suppressing medication, terming the rules discriminatory and unfair.

The runner challenged the World Athletics rules and lost the cases at the Court of Arbitration for Sport in 2019 and at the Swiss Federal Supreme court in 2020. She then moved a third lawsuit in the European Court of Human Rights in February 2021.

The triple 800m world champion shifted her focus on the 5000m, having originally decided to go for the 200m in March 2020.

Semenya won the women’s 800m titles at the London 2012 and Rio 2016 Olympics.

Source: olympics.com

Jesca Chelangat wins the Cape Town 12KM City Run

Kenya’s Jesca Chelangat took the top honors at the sixth edition of the CAPE TOWN 12K CITYRUN that was held on Sunday (21) in Cape Town, South Africa.

From the gun it was a group of six that took the lead, including Chelangat, compatriot, Diana Chesang, Lesotho’s Neheng Khatala, Irvette van Zyl, Glenrose Xaba and Kesa Molotsane.

Chelangat waited until the final 2km before making her decisive move for victory as she surged and never looked back cutting the tape in a time of 40:01.

“I was confident of the win, I knew I was in great shape after running 32:18 for 10km in Kapsowar, so I was confident I could take the title.” said Chelangat.

She was followed by Khatala who came home fourteen seconds later with Chesang closing the first three podium finishes in 40:25.

Glenrose Xaba was the first South African to cross the line in fourth place a time of 40:59 taking 90 seconds off her previous best 12km time.

LEADING RESULTS

12KM WOMEN

  1. Jesca Chelangat      (KEN) 40:01
  2. Neheng Khatala      (LES)  40:15
  3. Diana Chesang        (KEN) 40:25
  4. Glenrose Xaba         (SA )   40:59