Caster Semenya has added a diamond to her galaxy of jewels plus $40 000 (R584 000) in prize money after clocking 1min 56.44sec to easily win the 800m ahead of Burundi’s Francine Niyonsaba and Kenyan Margaret Wambui at Zurich’s Diamond League meeting last night.
“I am a bit tired and it was a little bit hard,” Semenya said.
The 2016 Rio Olympics star has been touted as the runner who could finally beat Czech Jarmila Kratochvilova’s world record of 1:53.28, set back in 1983, a full two seconds quicker than the South African’s personal best.
“I was not ready for the world record this year,” Semenya said.
“But I couldn’t ask for more, it has been an excellent year for me.”
Elaine Thompson, of Jamaica, stamped her seal of authority on the women’s 200m, but hopes of world record tilts from Kendra Harrison and Ruth Jebet also came to nothing.
Double Olympic sprint champion Thompson timed 21.85sec to win, maintaining her form to pip Dutch world champion Dafne Schippers by just 0.01sec.