Semenya eases to double triumph

Caster Semenya powered to an impressive double at the South African championships yesterday, winning the 800 metres and 1,500 metres in the build-up to defending her 800m title at the World Championships.

Semenya ran both races in the space of an hour and 20 minutes on the final day of the two-day nationals. She appeared to hold back for both victories in humid conditions in Durban.

Meanwhile, Kenyan runners dominated the Paris Marathon by achieving one-two finishes in the men's and women's races. Men's winner Benjamin Kiptoo completed the race in 2hrs 6mins 31secs. Compatriot Bernard Kipyego overtook Eshetu Wendimu of Ethiopia to finish second.

Priscah Jeptoo captured the women's race in 2:22:55, two minutes ahead of Agnes Kiprop.