Caster Semenya, the World Championships 800m gold medallist will race in a cross country meeting on local soil on January 22.

The South African star who found herself having to go through several trials and gender tests last year before being cleared by the IAAF, is said to be in great shape following months of intense training.

Her presence is expected to draw a large group of people in the tiny North West town of Potchefstroom and Athletics SA assistant administrator Hendrick Ramaala is excited about the prospects having her racing at home.

“Obviously, we are excited that she will finally compete at home after going through such a taxing patch that nearly destroyed her mentally,” Ramaala was quoted as saying on Sowetan.

The meeting which will be staged in Potchefstroom will act as the national trials for several championships.

“We will use the event on January 22 to select a team for the Southern Africa, continental and global cross-country championships,” Ramaala said.

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