Unstoppable Caster Semenya breaks 35-year-old SA record


South Africa's Caster Semenya celebrates with the Diamond Trophy after victory in the women's 800 metres during the IAAF Diamond League Athletics Weltklasse meeting in Zurich on August 24, 2017.

PRETORIA – Caster Semenya added another achievement to her ever-growing list of accolades with a new SA record in the women’s 1,000m in a time of two minutes 35.43 seconds.

Though pacemaker Wenda Nel went out too fast, Semenya was still able to power away from the field on the final lap and break the previous record of 2:37.20 set by Ilze Wicksell way back in 1983.

Ugandans Halimah Nakaayi took second in 2:37.55 with Winnie Nanyondo third in 2:37.98.

Caster Semenya competes in the Women Senior 1000m at the Athletix Grand Prix Athletics Series at Tuks Stadium, Pretoria on 08 March 2018. Copyright Notice: Muzi Ntombela / BackpagePix, Author: Boniswa Khumalo

“It was a tough race. The pacemaker went too quickly so I was a little disappointed,” said Semenya afterwards.

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“The main job of a pacemaker is to guide me, not kill me. But at the end of the day I got a new national record so I couldn’t ask for more. It’s fantastic.”

Once Nel moved out, it was all Semenya as she looked comfortable while leading the field by at least 30 metres.

In the last 200m, Semenya still maintained her powerful stride as she crossed the line first to take an impressive victory.

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