Caster fails to break Budd's 1 500m record

Caster Semenya (Photo credit: Tobias Ginsberg)
Caster Semenya (Photo credit: Tobias Ginsberg)

Cape Town - Caster Semenya has failed to break Zola Budd's long-standing 1 500m record at the Athletix Grand Prix meeting in Paarl. 

Semenya stopped the clock in 4:02.50, just 0.70 seconds off the record set by Budd (4:01.80) in Port Elizabeth in 1984. 

Sadly not for the first time in South African athletics, there was some controversy with the stadium clock showing Semenya had finished in 3:57, well inside the record.

However, official timekeepers confirmed that she had just missed out and that the stadium clock was incorrect.

Semenya was followed home by Dominique Scott-Efurd (4:08.61) and Zani Kruger (4:23.61).

Earlier, Luxolo Adams won the 200m in 20.01, his personal best time. He beat the more fancied Anaso Jobodwana who came second in 20.07. 

Carina Horn won the women's 100m in a time of 11.12, not as fast as her times earlier this season, but impressive nonetheless. 

Akani Simbine won the men's 100m in 10.08.  

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