Caster Semenya breaks world record with 3000m victory in Cape Town

South African Olympic middle-distance champion Caster Semenya broke her personal best in the 3,000m on Thursday in Cape Town, taking 10 seconds off her time to clear the nine-minute barrier.

Semenya, who is still barred from running her favorite 400m and 800m distances due to her refusal to take testosterone-lowering medication, won in 8:54.97.

Semenya’s time over 3000m was the sixth fastest over that distance in South Africa’s record books, and she easily edged out Aynslee van Graan (9:09.63) and her training partner Glenrose Xaba , who also set a personal best (9:12.51).

Semenya, who did not qualify for the Tokyo Olympics in the long distances, is aiming to qualify for the 5,000m race at the World Championships later this year. She told reporters after her run at the ASA Grand Prix yesterday that she will be competing in the All Africa Games in June.

Semenya’s quest to qualify for major world events in the 5000m is still ongoing, as she was still around 20 seconds from the qualifying mark when racing in 2021. Her personal best in this distance is 15:32 .1, while the qualifying time for the 5km race is 15:10:00.

With the strong wind at Green Point Stadium affecting other disciplines, the middle distance runners delivered the outstanding performances on the night.

National 800m champion Tshepo Tshite showed fine form to win the men’s 1500m in 3:36.09, fending off pre-race favorite Ryan Mphahlele (3:36.86) in one of the best competitions in the world. evening. Tumelo Machaba took third place (3:40.71).

The sprint races were affected by the conditions, with teenager Benjamin Richardson winning the men’s 200m in 21.08 seconds, in a -3.3m/s headwind, and Sekese Mphontsheng winning the women’s 200m in 24.31, in a wind of -4.2 m/s. .

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