Caster Semenya after winning GOLD at the 2015 African Games in Congo Brazzaville

Former 800m World Champion, Caster Semenya was last weekend beaten in the women’s 400m at a meet in Pretoria, South Africa.

Semenya, whose forte is the 800m, finished 2nd in the race with a time of 52.21s, with Tsholofelo Thipe taking the win after crossing the line in 51.96s. Rorisang Ramonnye was 3rd in 54.04s.

For most athletes running the two-lap race, running the 400m is a perfect way to help improve their finishing in the 800m. With many international competitions coming up, Semenya is looking at bouncing back on the big stage after a hiatus from the sport that saw her make a return to the global stage in 2015.

On returning last year, Semenya competed in the 2015 World Championships where she made the semi-final of the 800m, finishing 7th in her heat in 2:03.18. Although she went ahead to win GOLD a month later at the African Games in Congo Brazzaville, taking away almost three seconds from her semifinal time in Beijing to win with a timeĀ 2:00.97.

However, if she is to reach the heights of 2009 and London 2012 Olympics, where she won Silver in 1:57.23, she may have to match her Personal Best of 1:55.45 if she hopes to go a step further at the Rio 2016 Olympics and win GOLD.

All eight finalists in Beijing last year, ran below two minutes, with BelarusĀ Marina Arzamasova winning GOLD in 1:58.03, Canada’s Melissa Bishop Silver in 1:58.12 and Kenya’s Eunice Jepkoech Sum taking Bronze in 1:58.18. These are some of the athletes Semenya will have to beat to come out tops in the women’s 800m contest this year.


Athletics coverage was a discovery, having to move away from regularly writing about Football. Although it was initially daunting, but now being an authority in it makes the past effort worthwhile. From travelling on the same international flight with Nigerian athletes, to knowing you could easily interview: World Record holder Tobi Amusan, then Ese Brume, I have cut my teeth in this beat earning the trust of Athletics sources. Formerly the Content Manager-Sports at Ringier media Nigeria, Chris is a Senior Sports writer, Photographer & Community manager at Making of Champions.


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