Published: Sat, April 14, 2018
Sport | By Billy Aguilar

Semenya wins 800m gold at Commonwealth Games

Semenya wins 800m gold at Commonwealth Games

South Africa's Caster Semenya has won a second gold medal at the 2018 Commonwealth Games on Australia's Gold Coast.

The world and two-time Olympic 800m champion won her favoured event on Friday night to complete the middle-distance double, adding the 800m title to her earlier victory in the 1500m.

Her evenly split time at Carrara Stadium of one minute 56.68 seconds blew the field away but was still a second and a half outside her own best and three and half away from the Czech's questioned world mark. "We need to run about four championships in doubles and then we decide if we still have speed for 800 metres".

"Yeah I think for this four years that has been a target to double up each and every championship", Semenya said of the middle distance double.

Celebrates after claiming historic double. "If we do, we continue with 800". But if not, we'll go further because obviously we have 5K, we have 10K. "When I do my long runs I feel like I can feed into distance running", the South African said.

"There are 37 countries in the Commonwealth where it's now illegal to be who I am", he said, calling for that number to come down before the 2022 Birmingham Games.

Urging his teammates on as he moved into lane two coming out of the final curve, Kipruto started his celebrations halfway down the last stretch and was followed in by Abraham Kibiwott.

"I told them in the warm up "I'm not going to leave you guys", Kipruto said. "The judging here hasn't been that great", he said after winning a fifth Commonwealth medal. "I'm sick and exhausted of coming mentality was rewrite the script - the Kenyans just come in here and do whatever they want and nobody tries to mess up their plans".

This is her second gold of the competition, making her a double gold medal holder for both the 1500m and 800m events.

After competing in seven disciplines in two days, England's Katarina Johnson-Thompson won the heptathlon with 6,255 points, a margin of 122 over silver-medalist Nina Schultz of Canada.

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