FORMER world champion Caster Semenya won her first 800-metre race of 2012 but was well outside the Olympic qualifying time in a sluggish season-opening run.
Semenya recorded 2 minutes, 3.60 seconds at a meet in northern South Africa on Saturday, nearly four seconds off the Olympic standard of 1:59.90. It was the 2009 world champion and 2011 world silver medallist’s first competitive two-lap race under new coach and former Olympic champion Maria Mutola.
Semenya said she made an early tactical error but still called her season debut “a good race.”
Mbulaeni Mulaudzi, another former world champion, won the men’s 800m in 1:46.41, just under a second outside the Olympic qualifying time.
Both have until June 30th to qualify for this year’s London 2012 Olympic Games.-www.ctvolympics.ca