Semenya continues winning comeback

Caster Semenya’s low-key return to competition continued with a win in the 800m at the Savo Games in Finland.

Written by Associated Press | Finland | Published: July 19, 2010 12:36 am

Caster Semenya’s low-key return to competition continued with a win in the 800m at the Savo Games in Finland.

The South African cruised to victory in her second race since being cleared to carry on competing as a woman,finishing in a time of 2 minutes,2.41 seconds — almost two seconds faster than at Thursday’s comeback race.

Semenya always looked in control against a weak field. Britain’s Marilyn Okoro might have offered Semenya some competition but pulled out before the event. Semenya appeared to be relaxed before the race on a blustery day in the small town of Lapinlahti,which has a population of 8,000 and is situated 280 miles to the north of the capital Helsinki.

In the absence of any real rivalry,Semenya said she found it tough to stay with the two pacemakers.

“The race was pretty hard,the pace was fast for me,” Semenya said. “It helped me to run a faster time,so I’m quite happy with the performance.” Sofia Oberg of Sweden came a distant second in 2:04.27 and Russia’s Anna Verhovskaya was third in 2.04.41.

Despite the improvement in her time,Semenya said she felt that she was lacking power — and her coach Michael Seme agreed. “The speed is not there. It’s still a long way,” Seme said. “But it’s going according to my plan.”

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