Caster Semenya shatters 600m world record in Berlin

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South Africa's Caster Semenya celebrates winning the Women's 600m.

BERLIN – Caster Semenya delivered another remarkable performance on Sunday to set a new world best over the 600m distance at the penultimate leg of the IAAF World Challenge series in Berlin, Germany.



Turning out as the lone SA representative, Semenya enjoyed a gun-to-tape victory, completing the race in 1:21.77.

She obliterated the previous world best of 1:22.63 which had been clocked by Cuban athlete Ana Quirot in 1991.



Semenya, who took nearly four seconds off her own SA best of 1:25.56 which had stood for more than five years, was well clear of Ajee Wilson of the United States, who ended second in 1:22.39.

The ninth and final leg of the World Challenge series is set to be held in Zagreb, Croatia on Tuesday.

“It’s been a beautifull and eventful long season for a dedicated athlete and we congratulate Caster for being part of the current breed of South African athletes leading in flying the national flag high around the world.

“We are proud of her, her coach and the rest of her support staff for the great work done to make her perform the way she has over the two seasons including at the Olympic Games in Rio last year and the IAAF World Championships,” said Aleck Skhosana, the President of Athletics South Africa.