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Caster plays it calm

Current World Championships 800-metre silver medallist Caster Semenya won’t be seeing a lot of action in South Africa this year.

Her agent Jukka H├ñrk├Ânen told Die Beeld newspaper that┬á it was a mistake for Semenya, won gold at the 2009 World Championships, to take part in so many events last year.

She was one of the stand-out performers at the local Yellow Pages Series. At the Durban event she won both the 800m and the 1 500m events within 70 minutes. Then three hours later she even helped Gauteng North to a gold medal in the 4×400 m relay event.

At the South African Students event in Stellenbosch she won both the 1500m and 400m events before coming back the next day to claim gold in the 800m.

H├ñrk├Ânen believes it is detrimental to the athlete to travel to and compete in too many events. ÔÇ£She couldn’t train properly.

ÔÇ£Maria Mutola, her trainer, made it clear that the Olympics is simply too important to take any chances. Semenya will only take part in the 800 m at the South African event in Port Elizabeth,ÔÇØ H├ñrk├Ânen said. ÔÇ£She might take part in the 400 m and the 1 500 m once, but that will be all.ÔÇØ

H├ñrk├Ânen said Semenya will take part in a select few events in Europe in May. ÔÇ£I haven’t decided when and where,ÔÇØ┬áH├ñrk├Ânen said.