Caster Semenya to run a new distance at the Eugene Diamond League

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Caster Semenya during the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games
Many track fans may have expected to see the last of Caster Semenya participating in the Diamond League races after the new rules came in place as from 8th May to bar her from participating in events between the 400m and the mile. But, it seems the two times Olympic and three times world champion who has been unbeatable over the 800m distance already had a plan B in place.



Semenya has been entered in the Pre Classic diamond league meeting which is scheduled for June 30th, to in run the women’s 3000m. This event does not fall under the IAAF’s new testosterone regulations. “I keep training. I keep running,” Semenya had said on May 3 after winning her last 800m race in Doha. “It doesn’t matter if something comes in front of me. I always find a way.” Semenya had the option of taking the testosterone suppressing drugs and remain competing in the 800m event, bet she choose instead to move to the longer distances on track.

Despite one of the best ever fields being announced for the 3000m race in Eugene, Semenya who has hitherto established her name in the 400m, 800m and 1500m events seems to be the one taking the biggest portion of the pre-race conversation here.

Among the big names who will line up against Semenya include Hellen Obiri the world 5000m champion who has so far won the first 3000m Diamond League race in Doha, Almaz Ayana the Olympic 10,000m champion and world record holder, Genzebe Dibaba the 1500m world-record holder and Sifan Hassan who is the world bronze medalist at 1500m and 5000m events.

Others to watch will be Senbere Teferi with a personal best time of 14:23:33 which is the 9th fastest time ever run by a woman, Lilian Kasait who placed 3rd in Doha despite falling down in the last stages of the race and managing to fight her way back to the podium, Letensenbet Gidey who is the rapidly growing young star from Ethiopia and Fontu Worku who recently won the Ethiopian 5000mnational title.

Who knows? Perhaps after this race in Eugene, the South African track and field federation may not see the need to appeal the CAS ruling.



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