JOHANNESBURG – Still getting to grips with the intricacies if the metric mile, middle-distance queen Caster Semenya finished sixth at the Lausanne Diamond League on Thursday evening.
Semenya was the only South African in action in the Olympic capital where she lined up against a top-notch 1500m field boasting five athletes that have dipped below four minutes this season.
Semenya had to be content with sixth place posting a time of four minutes, 00.44 seconds (4:00.44).
America’s Shelby Hoolihan took the spoils posting a new meeting record and personal best of 3:57.34.
Britain's Laura Muir finished second in 3:58.18 with Dutch athlete Sudan Hassan rounded off the podium clocking 3:58.39.
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This follows in the wake of Semenya's greatest performance yet in the 800m in Paris over the weekend.
The middle-distance ace clocked the fourth fastest two-lap time of all-time winning the Diamond League race with a time of 1:54.25.
She is growing in stature in the 1500m after winning bronze at the 2017 World Championships in London before adding the Commonwealth title earlier this year.
She broke Zola Budd’s 34-year-old South African record in the Gold Coast with a time of 4:00.71.
Semenya made a strong statement at the Diamond League opener in Doha where she dipped below four minutes with a new SA record of 3:59.92.
Her bid to challenge for both the 800m and 1500m Diamond League trophies at the end of the season may be jeopardy after missing out on the podium.@ockertde