Wesley Botton
Chief sports writer
1 minute read
3 Sep 2016
7:01 pm

Semenya scorches to easy victory

Wesley Botton

The Olympic champion clocked the fourth fastest time of her career.

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - AUGUST 20: Caster Semenya of South Africa holds up the South African flag and celebrates her win in the women's 800m during the evening session on Day 15 Athletics of the 2016 Rio Olympics at Olympic Stadium on August 20, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Roger Sedres/Gallo Images)

Caster Semenya continued her unbeaten streak in the 800m event this season, coasting to another convincing victory at the penultimate World Challenge meeting of the year in Berlin on Saturday.

The Olympic champion clocked 1:55.68, the fourth fastest time of her career, to finish well clear of Burundi’s Francine Niyonsaba, who took second place in 1:57.58.

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Earlier at the Berlin meeting, Khotso Mokoena finished eighth in the men’s triple jump event with a best effort of 16.08m.

Mokoena, who announced his retirement after crashing out in the qualifying round at the Rio Games last month, looked set to close out the international season before calling it quits.