Current world silver medallist, Caster Semenya, had an easy first run in her debut Olympic Games on Wednesday.
Semenya, 21, finished second in the 800m heat in a time of 2:00.71. Alysia Johnson (US) was fast out the start and held a comfortable lead for the entire race, slowing down in the last 50m to finish in 2:00:47.
According to Road2London, Caster thought “The pace was OK…but I think we’ll have to go quicker than two minutes in the semi.”
Semenya will compete in the semi-finals on Thursday evening at 20:30.