Commonwealth Games: SA's Caster Semenya clinches gold with 1,500m CWG record

Apr 11, 2018, 08:20 IST | AFP

Semenya, who has elevated levels of male sex hormones, made her move on the last lap, overtaking Kenya's Beatrice Chepkoech on the final bend and accelerating away to win in 4min 0.71sec

SA's Caster Semenya celebrates after winning gold. Pic/AFP
SA's Caster Semenya celebrates after winning gold. Pic/AFP

Caster Semenya smashed Zola Budd's long-standing South African 1,500 metres record at the Commonwealth Games yesterday as her dominance on the track continued to be dogged by controversy off it.

Semenya, who has elevated levels of male sex hormones, made her move on the last lap, overtaking Kenya's Beatrice Chepkoech on the final bend and accelerating away to win in 4min 0.71sec. The victory by more than two seconds sliced 1.1sec off Budd's 1984 record and earned Semenya her first Commonwealth medal.

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