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South African teen Semenya stuns with 1:56.72 in Bambous – African junior champs

Bambous, Mauritius – South African Caster Semenya clocked the fastest women’s 800m time in the world this year at the Africa Junior Championships at the Germain Comaramond Stadium in Bambous, Mauritius on Friday (31).

Championship and national records together with a host of personal best tumbled on this second day of at the championships. Africa’s next generation of elite athletes signalled their intention to surpass the continent’s Beijing Olympic medal haul. Athletics accounted for 28 of the 40 medals Africa in Beijing Olympics. Now the juniors could surpass this mark at the 2012 Olympic in London provided they are well nurtured.

The 18-year-old Semenya is guaranteed special attention at the World Championship in Berlin next month. By clocking a championships record of 1:56.72 to win the women’s 800m. Her previous best is 2:00.58…..Read More

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