I want to inspire African girls – Caster Semenya

BRISBANE – South Africa’s Caster Semenya dedicated her 800 metre gold at the Commonwealth Games to the rural youth of Africa on Friday on the Gold Coast, Australia.

If ever there was a golden banker for Team South Africa at these Games, it was going to be the double Olympic 800m and reigning world champion.

She led from start to finish before wiping out the 16-year-old Commonwealth record of Seychelles athlete Joanna Houareau.

That mark of 1min 57.35  was set in Manchester, England back in 2002 and Semenya clipped 0.67sec off that mark with her victory in 1:56.68.

Runner-up was Kenya’s Margaret Wambui, a long way back in 1:58.07.

In third place was Natoya Goule, the Jamaican who ran a personal best of 1:58.82.

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