Caster Semenya Breaks SA Record In Morocco
Middle-distance runner Caster Semenya broke another national record in Rabat, Morocco on Friday evening, surging to a comfortable victory at the ninth leg of the IAAF Diamond League series.
Opening a gap on the rest of the field from the start, Semenya covered the 1 000m distance in 2:31.01*, slicing a chunk off her own South African record of 2:35.43.
She finished nearly five seconds ahead of her nearest opponent, clocking the ninth fastest time in history over two-and-a-half laps.
In other events, Zarck Visser took sixth position in the Long Jump Men after producing a best leap of 7.79m, though he was well behind Jamaican winner Tajay Gayle, who landed at 8.09m.
South African Dominique Scott-Efurd produced the second fastest 5 000m performance of her career in a quick race, finishing ninth in 15:11.65. World champion Hellen Obiri of Kenya took the win in 14:21.75.
The next leg of the IAAF Diamond League series will be held in Monaco on Friday, July 20.
“We are once again happy with the performance of Caster at the Diamond League and praise the work of her coach and support staff,” said Aleck Skhosana, the President of Athletics South Africa. “Her dominance continues to be exemplary and inspiring to others.