Finland: Semenya and Mokoena perform well at Nurmi Games

2012-06-15 00:00

CAPE TOWN — Caster Semenya and Khotso Mokoena competed at the Paavo Nurmi Games in Turku, Finland, on Wednesday and comfortably won in their respective events.

Semenya beat the field in the women’s 600 metre to win the race in a very fast time. The World Championships silver medallist crossed the finish line in 1:25,56, ahead of former Australian 800 metre World Indoor champion Tamsyn Manou and Olympic finalist Tatyana Andrianova of Russia.

The two clocked 1:26,28 and 1:30,74 respectively.

Semenya will represent SA at the Olympic Games taking place in London starting on August 3.

Mokoena competed in the men’s long jump in windy conditions where he won with a leap of 8,13 metre in the fifth round.

The 27-year-old from Gauteng North jumped 4,95 metres in the opening round, putting him sixth, but took the lead in the second round with 8,03 metres. He then followed with 7,99 metres in the third round and a foul in the fourth before his winning distance in the fifth. He then finished with 7,97 metres.

Mokoena qualified for the Olympic Games at a Diamond League meeting in Rome on May 11 and is also included in the team for the CAA African Senior Championships where he will be looking to defend his title.

The championships take place from June 27 to July 1 in Porto Novo, Benin.

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