Diamond League: It's all about medals for Semenya

September 08, 2016
South Africa's Caster Semenya (left) wins a women's 800-metre semi-final during the athletics competitions. (AP Photo)

BRUSSELS (Belgium):

Last year this time, South African 800m headliner Caster Semenya was looking to shake off a torrid World Championships campaign after an eighth-place finish in the semi-final in Beijing.

This year, she has left nothing for anyone else, sweeping the two major prizes up for grabs with a dominant Olympic Games gold medal victory as well as the Diamond Race title, which she secured at the last installment in Zurich a few days ago.

Semenya has spent much of her professional career under the focus of the international athletics community over her hyperandrogenism.

Between April 2011 and July 2015, the IAAF implemented regulations that governed its acceptable levels of testosterone in women athletes.

 

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Still uncomfortable with the topic, Semenya admitted to STAR Sports that coming back from the mental and physical strains of the past few years has been tough, but she is looking to move ahead and add to her successes.

"The season has been quite well. I have maintained my form right throughout the season, and it has been a fantastic year for me, coming back and bouncing back like this after everything," said Semenya, who will tomorrow compete in the 400m at the Brussels Memorial van Damme Diamond League meet in Belgium.

The 25 year-old, who finished second at the 2012 Olympic Games in London after winning gold at the World Championships in 2009, says she is focused on adding to her medal tally and is already conditioning her mind to another podium topping performance at the London 2017 World Championships.

"I think going into next year we have to be smart and keep doing what we have done," Semenya said.

"For me it's all about collecting medals as much as I can - big championship medals. I know that I am good in championships."

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