Asaba 2018: Semenya Breaks African 800m Record
South African athlete Caster Semenya was in fine form again as she won gold in the women’s 800m event at the 21st African Senior Athletics Championship in Asaba.
Semenya had won her first gold on Friday in the women’s 400m.
To the delight of cheering fans inside the Stephen Keshi Stadium on Sunday, the two-time Olympic champion stopped the clock in a time of 1:56.06 to claim her second gold in the championship.
That finish means the 27-year-old broke a 25-year African record held by her idol Maria Mutola, which the Mozambican icon ran at the 1993 African Championships in Durban (1:56.36).
Burundian Francine Niyonsaba finished second and won silver in 1:57.97, while Bayih Habitam Alemu of Ethiopia took bronze in a time of 1:58.86.
On Friday, Semenya smashed an 18-year-old national record previously held by Heide Seyerling in the women's 400m final - becoming the first SA woman to dip under 50 seconds.
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