Back-to-Back 800m Gold Medal Champion Prudence Sekgodiso

Prudence Sekgodiso showed that her recent Diamond League win wasn’t a fluke as she came out on top once again in the women’s 800m, at the Wanda Diamond League meeting in Oslo on Thursday, 30 May, 2024.

The 22-year-old had a comfortable lead with 200 metres to go, and despite a fast finish from Jamaican Natoya Goule-Toppin – who finished in silver position ahead of Australia’s Catriona Bisset, Sekgodiso held on to win in 1:58.66 on an enthralling night of athletics action in the Norwegian capital, just two months away from the Paris Olympic Games.

The South African track star set her winning time in Norway a few days since beating Ethiopia’s Habitam Alemu and Benin’s Noélie Yarigo for gold in a personal best and world leading time at Marrakech in Morocco, on Sunday, 19 May.

In an indicator that Sekgodiso isn’t the only athlete shooting for a podium place at the 2024 Paris Summer Games, Great Britain’s Keely Hodgkinson has since set a new world leading time in the 800m, running a 1,55.78 at Eugene in Oregon, the USA, on 25 May, 2024.

The English pace-setter finished ahead of Kenyan Mary Moraa for silver and Team GB’s Jemma Reekie in bronze, in a race that featured five season best finishers in the top 10, aside from Hodgkinson.

Noting that the top seven runners all finished in a quicker time than Sekgodiso set in Norway on Thursday, and South African ahletics star will be under no illusions of an easy path to the Paris podium a few months away. 

Main Photo Caption: South Africa’s 800m sensation, Prudence Sekgodiso has confirmed her track eminence after beating the field for a second consecutive Diamond League 800m win, at the Wanda Diamond League in Oslo, on Thursday, 30 May, 2024. Photo: (c) World Athletics

Photo 2 Caption: Sekgodiso shared the news of her back-to-back win at her personal account on Instagram, making sure to tag #Paris2024. Photo: Prudence800m on Instagram

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