JOHANNESBURG- Caster Semenya South Africa’s 800m world champion broke a 35-year-old record in the Women’s 1000m event, at the second leg of the Athletix Grand Prix meeting at the Tuks Sports Ground on Thursday evening.
Semenya dominated the race from beginning to end, running a record time of 2:35.44 shaving off just under 2 seconds from the previous record once held by Ilze Wicksell, who set a time of 2:37.45 in 1983.
Semenya was very happy with with new record.
She said, “It’s fantastic if you train towards your goals and with a fantastic team behind you anything is possible, all we have to go do now is go celebrate!”
— Grit Sports® (@Grit_Sports) March 8, 2018
Meanwhile another showstopper race was sprinter Anaso Jobowanda who beat 100m world champion Justin Gatlin in a 150m sprint at the meeting.
His unofficial time of 15.10 to win the race. Gatlin, only manage fourth, who had never run the race before.
— Mathew Quinn (@MatTMQ) March 9, 2018