World 800m champion Caster Semenya secured her third gold medal with a convincing victory in her specialist event on day two of the  SA Student Athletics Championships in Stellenbosch.
World 800m champion Caster Semenya secured her third gold medal with a convincing victory in her specialist event on day two of the SA Student Athletics Championships in Stellenbosch.

Caster bags another gold at Varsity champs

By Time of article published Apr 30, 2011

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World 800m champion Caster Semenya secured her third gold medal with a convincing victory in her specialist event on day two of the SA Student Athletics Championships in Stellenbosch on Saturday.

Semenya, who won the 400m and 1 500m titles on Friday, dragged the field through the first lap in the women's 800m final with Juanee Cilliers and Mandi Brandt fighting to stay in touch.

The 20-year-old pulled clear, however, to win by more than two seconds in 2:02.52.

Brandt secured the silver medal in 2:04.65 and Cilliers held on for the bronze in 2:06.38.

Semenya was set to compete in the women's 4x400m relay later in the afternoon in a bid for her fourth gold medal of the championships.

The global two-lap title holder went undefeated over 400m and 800m in her first domestic season in two years, and said she would now take a month-long break from racing.

She will return to the track at an IAAF World Challenge meeting in Dakar, Senegal on May 28 when she starts her build-up to the defence of her title at the World Championships in Daegu, South Korea in August. – Sapa

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