London Olympics 2012: South Africa’s Caster Semenya qualifies for 800m race
Caster Semenya, the runner who underwent gender tests after winning gold in the women’s 800m final at the 2009 International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) World Championships, has qualified for the Summer Olympics to be held in London this year.
Semenya qualified easily, completing the 800m run in a time of 1:59.58. Semenya’s coach is Maria Mutola from Mozambique. Mutola, an accomplished runner in her own right, holds 13 gold medals from a variety of international athletics tournaments including the Olympics, the IAAF World Championships and the Commonwealth Games.
The 800m record has not been broken since it was set in 1983, but Mutola is confident that Semenya might just be the one to break it. It would be great to see that happen this year in the Olympics.