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Caster in low-key comeback victory

Long jumper Zarck Visser fared best in terms of performance but Caster Semenya hogged the headlines at the Lahti Games in Finland on Wednesday night, writes Mark Etheridge.

Visser took gold in the long jump with a leap of 8.09 metres ahead of two-time Olympian Khotso Mokoena, third in 8.06.

But all eyes at the low-key meeting were on 2009 world champion, 2011 runner-up and 2012 Olympic silver medallist Semenya as she lined up for her first race in months after being out with a knee injury.

She was a pale shadow of her former self though and although she took the honours, her time of 2min 06.58sec was hardly going to send alarm bells through the world of middle distance running ahead of net month’s IAAF World Championships in Russia.

She would have to run 2min exactly to meet the A qualifying standard for the Moscow championships. American Charlene Lipsey took second in 2:06.96.

The only other South African in action was Ruben Ramolefi who took eighth in the 3000m steeplechase (8:54.56) as Kenyan Jonathan Ndiku took the win in 8:25:08.


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