Semenya completes middle-distance double in Australia

Caster cruises to gold in the 800m

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Two-time Olympic champion Caster Semenya made it a middle-distance double at the Commonwealth Games, winning the 800 meters on Friday to follow up on her earlier victory in the 1,500.

Nyairera, the 2015 World 800m bronze medallist, pumped her pistons but couldn't match Semenya to finish second for silver in 1:58.07 as the Olympic and World champion completed a double in a Games Record time of 1:56.68.

But Semenya later confirmed that was never on the radar, her focus instead on controlling the race from start to finish: "Today was just all about being in command, running your own pace".

"Sometimes you need to enjoy yourself, run your own pace, see if you can maintain it throughout, all race."
For me, 58-58 [58 seconds each lap] is a pace that now I think I've mastered, I ran that as a junior.

South African Semenya smashed the Games record to win the 1,500m on Tuesday and another Commonwealth mark always looked on the cards in her favoured 800m from the moment she hit the front on the first bend.

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It was a challenge that proved a bridge too far in London a year ago, as she could only manage a bronze in the 1500m, despite again claiming gold over her favoured 800m trip. She went close to the double at the world championships previous year, finishing with gold in the 800 and bronze in the longer race. "Still want to have three, four. months before I decide if I want a world record or not", she said. "If we do, we continue with 800". But if not, we'll go further because obviously we have 5K, we have 10K. We have 5,000 and 10k - I believe I can still do better in future.

Joshua Cheptegei won a longer distance double for Uganda, adding the 10,000m title in a Games record 27:19.62 to go with his earlier win in the 5000m. Activists have staged protests during the games to highlight the issues of Aboriginal people, who are the most disadvantaged ethnic group in Australia by most measures from health, to employment and rates of imprisonment.

The prospect of the IAAF bringing in regulations in that would limit testosterone levels in female athletes by November 2018 still looms large, but that did not appear to phase Semenya, who was still talking afterwards about potential world records and the season ahead.

The 33-year-old Adams, coming back to competition for the first time since having her first child last year, said having her family and baby in the crowd helped give her perspective.

"World record, we can't discuss that, it's still early, it's still April", she said.

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