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Wins for Caster, Khotso

Team South Africa Olympic athletes Caster Semenya and Khotso Mokoena continued their London Games preparations with victories in Finland on Wednesday.

Competing in the Paavo Nurmi Games in Turku they comfortably won in their respective events.

Semenya beat the field in the seldom-run women’s 600-metres to win the race.┬áThe 2009 World Championships 800m winner and reigning silver medallist crossed the finish line in 1min 25.56sec ahead of former Australian 800m World Indoor champion Tamsyn Manou and Olympic finalist Tatyana Andrianova (Rus).┬áThe two clocked 1:26.28 and 1:30.74 respectively.

Semenya will represent South Africa at her very first Olympic Games taking place in London starting on 3 August.

Mokoena competed in the men’s long jump in windy conditions where he won with a leap of 8.13m with a strong tailwind (2.0m/sec) in the fifth round.┬á The 27-year old from Gauteng North took the lead in the second round with 8.03m.┬á He then followed with 7.99m in the third round and a foul in the fourth before his winning distance in the fifth. He then finished with 7.97m.

The Olympic long jump silver medallist four years ago, Mokoena qualified for the Olympics at a Diamond League meeting in Rome on 11 May and is also included in the team for the CAA African Senior Championships where he will be looking to defend his title.  The Championships is taking place in Benin from 27 June to 1 July in Porto Novo, Benin.


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