Caster Semenya got her South African championships off to the best possible start on Thursday when she cruised to the 5 000m title.
The 800m Olympic champion began her day with an easy win in the 1 500m heats, but opted to get in some endurance training by participating in the 5 000m in Germiston.
She didn’t have it all her own way in the long-distance event, though. The 3 000m star Dominique Scott-Efurd, who is based in the US, kept pace with Semenya throughout, and was even in the lead at the bell for the final lap.
But soon enough, Semenya put her foot down and motored away to win in 16:05.97, with Scott-Efurd taking silver in 16:13.71.