Semenya bolstered by semifinal time

2012-08-10 14:07

Caster Semenya says she can take confidence from the time she ran in her semifinal of the women’s 800m at the London Olympic Games last night.

Semenya rarely looked troubled as she ran the fastest time of the semifinals with a time of one minute, 57.67 seconds (1:57:67).

The confident manner in which she won the race was in stark contrast to her pre-Olympic outings.

Her performance supported the notion that Semenya held back her best exclusively for the major competitions, such as the World Championships and the Olympics.

The 21-year-old said coach Maria Mutola would be satisfied with her time after the Mozambican Olympic gold medallist had called on her to produce a good time.

“I think she (Mutola) will be very happy, she said: ‘Caster, you have to run a good time so that you can be comfortable for the final,’” Semenya said.

“I think the time makes me very confident.”

Semenya seemed to have struggled with her form in the lead-up to the Games, as she struggled to dip below the two-minute mark this season with her season’s best time before the global showpiece coming in Germany, with a time of 1:59.18 last month.

Sport24 also reported that Semenya has been installed as the favourite for the women’s 800m final, which will be run tomorrow at 21:00 SA time.

The athlete is backed at 8/11, with Russia’s Mariya Savinova (10/3) and Kenya’s Pamela Jelimo (4/1) expected to be her main challengers.

Semenya boasts a fast personal best time of 1:55.45, which she set at the 2009 Berlin World Championships, where she won a gold medal in her specialist event.

Sapa and Sport24

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