Semenya still managed to post the second fastest 1500m time of her career, crossing the line in 4:00.44. Covering the first three laps in Lausanne at a suicidal pace, Semenya’s wheels came off with 200 metres to go.
“The last 200m I just had nothing left, I thought I would be able to change the last gear but it wasn’t there and it wasn’t meant to be,” Semenya said.
“There was just no movement, there was no power from 200m. I ran a good race but at 200m I couldn’t lift the legs.”
Semenya decided to stay with a flying Gudaf Tsegay of Ethiopia, who desperately tried to shake the South African.