Middle-distance runner and 21 Icon Caster Semenya made South African athletics history at the Coetzenburg Stadium on Saturday when she became the first person to win the 400m‚ 800m and 1500m at a single South African Senior Athletics Championships – and in one day!
Semenya achieved an incredible triple as she won gold in the 400m and 800m‚ and did so with Olympic qualifying times in both of 50.74 seconds and 1:58.45 respectively. Her double here came with only 50 minutes rest between the two races. Semenya then added gold in the 1500m‚ beating Dominique Scott with a time of 4:10.93.
“I’m overwhelmed. I didn’t expect to run fast times like this. I had fun. You’ve got to enjoy what you do and that’s what I’ve been doing in this championship. I haven’t had fun in a while‚” she said.
Source: TMG Digital
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