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Caster doubles up

It’s been confirmed that world champion Caster Semenya will line up for both the 800 and 1500-metre events at this weekend’s Yellow Pages senior track and field championships in Durban, writes Mark Etheridge.

The world 800m champion in 2009, Semenya had a lengthy time on the sidelines due to gender issues before being declared free to run again by track and field’s global governing body, the IAAF, in July last year.

Since then she’s run numerous meetings internationally and locally. Despite suffering from a lower back injury earlier this year, she has managed to bring down her 800m time to 2:01.77 at a recent interprovincial meeting — the best of her season. Her best since her comeback was a 1:58.16 in Milano in September last year.

Coach Michael Seme is looking for better things in Durban now and told Road to London 2012. “Her back injury is 100% now. She just didn’t run the Junior/Youth championships in Germiston last week because we didn’t want to take any chances before SA’s.

“She’ll run both the 800 and 1500m and we’re aiming for sub-2min in the 800m, anything under two minutes will do.” To do that she’ll in all likelihood be hoping for someone to run a first lap of 60 seconds or quicker.

Seme also confirmed that she’ll head for Europe after the SA season. “We’ll definitely go to Europe. We don’t have anything definite now but lets see what time she runs in Durban, and then we can tie up a few meetings, probably in the next few weeks.”