JOHANNESBURG – Caster Semenya made a successful return to the track, racing to victory in the rarely run 2000m in Montreuil, France on Tuesday night but is yet to line up in her favourite events.
The South African phenom came within a whisker of setting a new national record over the distance, winning in a time of 5:38.19. She stopped the clock 0.12s off the record Zola Budd set in Cape Town in April 1991.
It was Semenya’s first race since the IAAF’s controversial female eligibility rules were implemented last month.
Semenya was last week given a reprieve from the rules when the Federal Supreme Court of Switzerland ordered the IAAF to suspend its eligibility rules while Semenya’s appeal is pending.
Speaking after the race, Semenya said she had no interest in discussing the appeal and would rather stay in her lane and perform on the track.