South Africa’s 800m Olympic gold medalist Caster Semenya showed her versatility when won the women’s 400m race at the Diamond League event in Brussels on Friday.
The 25-year-old Semenya, who was toying with the idea of running both the 400m and 800m at the Games in Rio but decided against it, ran the one-lap race in a personal best time of 50.74s – just pipping American Courtney Okolo on the finish line.
Stephenie Ann Mcpherson of Jamaica, who is this season’s Diamond League winner in the women’s 400m, came third in a time of 50.04.
In the women’s 5000m, Ethiopia’s Almaz Ayana confirmed her standing as this year’s Diamond League champion by winning her race in a meeting record of 14m18.59s.
Kenya’s Hellen Obiri came second in a personal best time of 14:25.78 while Ayana’s compatriot, Senbere Teferi, completed an all African top three.
Kenya’s Timothy Cheruiyot ran a personal best time of 3:31.34 to win the men’s 1500m race ahead of Morocco’s Abdelaati Iguider, who ran a season’s best time.
Diamond League winner Asbel Kiprop of Kenya could only manage third place.
In the men’s long jump, South Africa’s Luvo Manyonga, who the silver medal at the Olympic Games in Rio, jumped a personal best of 8.48m to claim victory ahead of Australia’s Fabrice Lapierre, who still took the overall Diamond League honours.
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