Semenya secures another victory
Monday 19 July 2010
Caster Semenya secured her second 800 metres win on Finnish soil in four days yesterday by coming home first in the Savo Games in Lapinlahti.
The South African was given the all-clear by the International Association of Athletics Federations last week to resume her career, having not competed in 11 months following the furore over her gender.
Having won her comeback race in the Lappeenranta Games on Thursday, she was also untroubled yesterday, cruising home in 2.02.41.
That was almost two seconds faster than on Thursday but still seven seconds slower than the national record she set when winning gold at the world championships in Berlin last August in 1:55.45.
Semenya now heads home to South Africa to continue training and is expected to return to race in Europe next month.
Meanwhile, Liz Yelling remained upbeat on her return to the international stage despite being comfortably beaten into second place in the mixed race by Sue Partridge at the Bupa Great North 10k, in Sunderland, yesterday.
It was only Yelling's third competition since the birth of her daughter Ruby last summer, and she was easily outrun by Partridge, who crossed the line in 33 min 46 sec, 42 seconds ahead of the Commonwealth marathon bronze medallist, with Kate Goodhead third in 35min 18sec.
Yelling, 35, was happy with her display and the two-time Olympian is determined she can challenge for a place in the British team when London hosts the 2012 Games.
"It was good to get out there and blow away the cobwebs," said Yelling, whose return to action had to be put on hold after picking up an injury in training after winning the Silverstone half-marathon in March.
"I am really excited about getting back in great shape and I am going to focus the next two years on qualifying for the 2012 Olympic marathon. I hope my comeback marathon will be the Chicago marathon this October."
The men's event was won by Kenya's Edwin Kipkorir.
Latest in Sport
Mario Balotelli scored as many goals for AC Milan on second debut as he did for Liverpool in the Premier League last season
Cyprus vs Wales match report: Gareth Bale's bullet header has Welsh on brink of Euro 2016
Jose Mourinho: Chelsea manager has four Guinness World records hanging in his office
Manchester United will pay Monaco £7.2m extra if Anthony Martial scores 25 goals in four years as deal could rise to incredible £58m
Pedro hits outs at Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal for treatment of Victor Valdes
- 1 What marriage would look like if we actually followed the Bible
- 3 The Chinese city where men have 'three girlfriends because there are so many women'
- 4 'Heartbreaking' Syria orphan photo wasn't taken in Syria and not of orphan
- 5 Orthorexia nervosa: How becoming obsessed with healthy eating can lead to malnutrition
Britain to take more refugees as Cameron bows to pressure after more than 250,000 back our campaign
Senior British politicians tell David Cameron: When dead children are being washed up on beaches – it's time to act
Jeremy Corbyn calls Osama bin Laden's killing a 'tragedy' - but was it taken out of context?
If these extraordinarily powerful images of a dead Syrian child washed up on a beach don't change Europe's attitude to refugees, what will?
If you're not already angry about the refugee crisis, here's a history lesson to remind you why you really should be
Make your voice heard: Sign The Independent's petition to welcome refugees
£37040 - £43600 per annum: Recruitment Genius: The UK's export credit agency a...
£25000 - £27500 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This company provides a compreh...
£16800 - £19500 per annum: Recruitment Genius: Would you like to join an organ...
£25000 - £28000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: In the last five years this com...