Semenya sets 800m lifetime best in Paris

02 July 2018 | Sports

Caster Semenya powered her way to a career best time as she continued her international dominance of the two-lap race at a Diamond League meeting held at the Charlety Stadium in Paris on Saturday night.

Semenya, unbeaten in the 800m since her elimination in the semifinals at the world championships in 2015, clocked 1 minute 54.25 seconds to ease inside her previous personal best of 1:55.16. Her season best prior to Paris had been 1:55.92.

Burundi's Francine Niyonsaba ran a season best of 1:55.86 to take second spot, with American Ajee Wilson placing third in a time of 1:57.11.

There was more good news for South African athletics in the men's 100m, with Akani Siimbine clocking a season best of 9.94. American Ronnie Baker was the quickest on the night over 100m, clocking 9.88.

In the 110m hurdles, Antonio Alkana took fourth place in 13.32, while Luxolo Adams ended fourth in the 200m in 20.21.

The next leg of the 14-event Diamond League, will take place in Lausanne, Switzerland on 5 July.