Semenya wins gold in 800m, sets new games record


Caster Semenya of South Africa celebrates victory after winning the women's 800m final at the 2018 Commonwealth Games.

JOHANNESBURG - Caster Semenya has won gold in the 800 metres final at the Commonwealth Games at Australia&39;s Gold Coast on Friday and set a new games record.

Semenya won the title with Kenya’s Margaret Wambui in second in with Jamaica’s Natoya Goule third.

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The South African added to her gold in the women’s 1500m earlier in the week to complete a rare double gold in the middle distance events.

The 27-year-old moved into the lead from the first bend and took the field through 400m in 58 seconds. With a gap of a couple of metres, Semenya waited until the 600m mark to surge ahead.

From that point, victory seemed assured as the Olympic champion completed a dominant performance. 

- Additional reporting ANA