Looking sharp, Semenya does 400-800 double at nationals


STELLENBOSCH, South Africa (AP) — Caster Semenya won national titles in the 400 and 800 meters and ran Olympic qualifying times in both events at the South African championships.

In between Semenya’s victories Saturday, world champion Wayde van Niekerk retained his 400-meter title in 44.99 seconds, also going under the South African qualifying mark for the Rio Games.

Looking sharper than she has in years, Semenya, the former 800 world champion, ran world-leading times in both.

She finished in 50.76 seconds over one lap and clocked 1:58.46 to win the 800 final. She stormed to victory in the 800 less than an hour after the 400 final.

Van Niekerk cruised through the first 200 to win easily. He said he ran cautiously after feeling tightness in his back and hamstrings during the two-day meet.


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