SA track star Caster Semenya proved yet again that she is here to stay after laying down a meeting record and world lead in the women’s 800m race in a time of 1:55.92, at the 44th Prefontaine Classic in Eugene, Oregon USA, on Saturday, 26 May 2018.
Marking it as her best performance to date in the USA, this feat follows her exceptional 1500m performance at the Doha Diamond League where the middle distance athlete smashed her previous national record of 4:00.71 – set at the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games, her new best of 3:59.92 making her the first SA woman to break the 4-minute barrier in the 1500m event.
Through it all South Africa’s golden girl has maintained her composure in the spotlight following the introduction of the new IAAF eligibility regulations for female classification, which sparked a social media response using #HandsOffCaster in support of the athlete.
As the national icon continues to grow stronger in her on-field performances, expectations are that The Cobra will just keep on working hard at preparing for the next time a starting pistol goes off again.
Photo 1 caption: All that glitters … SA middle distance track icon Caster Semenya laid down a wold lead time of 1:55.92 in the women’s 800m race at the 44th Prefontaine Classic in Eugene, Oregon USA. Image: @Caster800m