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And How’d Caster Semenya Do On Her First Return to the Track? Oh, She Won

Racing today in Finland, her first event since the International Associations of Athletics Federations declared her girly enough after an 11 month ban, 19-year-old Caster Semenya whooped the competition in the 800m at the Lappeenranta Games. Her time (of 2 minutes and 4.22 seconds) was still 10 seconds off the record she set last year when she told home the gold at the world championship event in Berlin, but she’s pleased: “To come and run a 2:04 is not easy, especially after what happened. I was a little bit nervous because it has been a long time not competing. It’s a new beginning.”

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2 Comments

  • Alexa

    Good for her, well done.

  • DR

    I’ll be watching this closely, I think. Her time was 2:04:22, with the silver being won at 2:04.71 and the bronze at 2:05:00. She didn’t “whoop” the competition, she won by 5 tenths of a second, and ran a much more realistic race compared to everyone else.

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