Caster Semenya broke her personal SA record when she received the not often run 1000m in the Rabat Diamond League in Morocco on Friday evening.
The Olympic champion clocked a time of 2:31.01, falling just a bit over two seconds behind the world record set greater than twenty years in the past in 1996 by Russian Svetlana Masterkova, who completed in a time of 2:28.98.
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Semenya’s time – the sixth quickest of all time in the 1000m – can also be the brand new Diamond League record, beating the 2:35.43 set by Kenya’s Nelly Jepkosgei in 2013 and additionally a world lead in the occasion.
“It was a very good race, but unfortunately it was not as fast as I expected. I hope to be here next year because it is always nice to be in Africa,” Semenya stated.
“It was a very good race, but unfortunately it was not as fast as I expected. I hope to be here next year because it is always nice to be in Africa.”
The 27-year-old was largely untroubled as she confirmed her competitors a clear pair of heels, as she completed 4 seconds away from the United States’ Ce’Aira Brown, who completed in 2:35.85.
Rounding off the rostrum locations was another American in Kaela Edwards, tied with Uganda’s Winnie Nanyodo who clocked her private finest time of 2:36.13 which additionally occurs to be the nationwide record.
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