Asaba 2018: Semenya sets new national record


South Africa’s Caster Semenya on Friday in Asaba re-asserted her dominance of the women’s 400 metres event at the ongoing CAA African Senior Athletics Championships by winning the race with a time of 49.96 seconds.

By this feat, Semenya set a new South African national record.

Christine Botlogetwe of Botswana came second with 51.19 seconds; while Nigeria’s Yinka Ajayi who featured at the 2018 Commonwealth Games at Gold Coast in Australia placed third with 51.34 secs.

Sierra Leone’s Margaret Barriere finished fourth with a time of 52.06 secs, while NIgeria’s Patience Okon-George came fifth with a time of 52.34 secs.

Semenya’s win smashed the 18-year-old South African 400m record held by Heide Seyerling, clocks 49.96, taking 0.09 off the national mark.

She now holds the SA 400m, 800m, 1 000m and 1 500m records

Semenya who emerged on the world track scene in 2009 has won two Olympic titles — in 2012 and 2016.

She has also won gold medals in three International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) World Championships — 2009, 2011 and 2017.

Semenya won both the 800m and 1500m titles at the 2018 Commonwealth Games.

The 21st CAA championships which began on Wednesday will end on Sunday.