Semenya wins in a tight finish
WORLD 800m silver medallist Caster Semenya received a timely, if unconvincing, boost ahead of her final meet before the Olympics at the weekend.
Semenya won the event in which she will compete in London at a low-key meet, the Leichtathletik Sparkassen Meeting, in Haldensleben, Germany, on Sunday.
The 2009 world champion ran the best time of two heats, holding off former South African Diane Cummins, now of Canada, in a tight finish. In the faster of the two races, Semenya recorded a relatively pedestrian time (by her standards) of 2:01.20, while Cummins finished a hundredth of a second slower. Colombia's Rosibel Garcia also featured in the sprint finish, coming in just seven hundredths of a second off Semenya's time.
While Semenya will take heart from winning a close finish, the time - and the calibre of athlete she did it against - won't have done wonders for her confidence going into the final Diamond League meet before the Olympics.
The 21-year-old will line up at Friday's Herculis Zepter meeting in Monaco looking to improve her season's best of 1:59.18.
The effort is the fourth fastest in a field missing medal contenders Pamela Jelimo, world champion Mariya Savinova and Ethiopia's Fantu Magiso.