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Caster Semenya wins 800 at Notturna di Milano meet

Caster Semenya wins 800 at Notturna di Milano meet

Caster Semenya returned to form by winning the 800 meters at the Notturna di Milano meet on Thursday, her last race before the Commonwealth Games in New Delhi.
The 19-year-old South African world champion spent most of the race in second place, but overtook Hind Dehiba of France on the back straight to cross in 1 minute, 58.16 seconds.
Semenya had recently finished third in the Brussels Diamond League and seventh at the Rovereto meet in northern Italy.
"I feel pretty happy," Semenya said. "I wasn't expecting a fast race, but my coach told me to run my own race, even if it was fast.
"We have been looking to run 1.58 and it is good for us to build up to that time. What I need to do now is concentrate on my next race and not worry about what is written about me."
The athletics competition at the Commonwealth Games begins on Oct. 6.
"I'm going home and will just do some basic training sessions," Semenya said. "It is the same training as the last few weeks and I will try to keep doing the same times."
Two-time European champion Christophe Lemaitre of France continued his impressive season by winning the 100 in 10.18.
The Frenchman was the slowest out of the blocks, but took the lead at the 60 meter mark and accelerated across the finish line.
"My start wasn't good, but I did what I had to do," Lemaitre said. "I am used to my start being like that and I have had to get used to it.
"It has been a long year and I am very happy with it," he said. "I'm delighted with the things I've done this year and next year it is the World Championships and I don't want to have a bad World Championships."
In the 400, double-amputee Oscar Pistorius of South Africa finished fourth in 46.48 in his 22nd and final race of the season.
I'm happy, I felt good," Pistorious said. "I kept my speed up to the end and I couldn't have asked for a better end to the season than that.
"I've run two races at 46.0 so I've just got to get a good base in preseason and work hard toward 45.0."


Updated : 2021-03-04 02:15 GMT+08:00