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Caster Semenya kills her first race in Potchefstroom

Ofentse Maphari | 16 March 2017

Recently married Olympic 800m gold medallist Caster Semenya has won her first race of 2017 with an impressive 3 000m metre at the third leg of the Athletics South Africa Speed Series in Potchefstroom yesterday.

She was pretty comfortable with the race she hardly breaking a sweat and even found some time to joke around with officials next to the track. This probably had her opponents shook. Caster Semenya won the race in a personal best time of 9:36.29, Kesa Molotsane grabbed second place coming in at 9:37.46.

It was only her first race of the year, but everyone at the edge of their seats. Caster Semenya said didn’t expect to run as well as she did with the fact that it was her first race of the season.

“I was just surprised with the time because I didn’t expect to go under 9:40 because I’ve always been a 9:49 runner. I’m really surprised because I hardly go around the track four times but we still need to play around with the distances. Times are not an issue at the moment,” Semenya said.

Other atheletes include Akani Simbine, who also made an impression in the 200m, running a World Championships qualifying time of 20.32 ahead of Botswana’s Isaac Makwala and Clarence Munyai. Simbine, who has already run a sub-20, looked at ease.

Kabelo Sebanda froim Botswana ran a World Championships qualification time in the 400m. He did very well and won his heat in a time of 45.08.

In field events, Olympic long jumper Lynique Prinsloo, opened her campaign with 6.43m leap, and Jaco Engelbrecht delivered a 19.77m effort to win the men’s shot put. In the men’s 400m dash, World Championships finalist Isaac Makwala, won in 45.75sec and local athlete Pieter Conradie with the same time was credited with second place.

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