Semenya stars in Potchefstroom

Semenya stars in Potchefstroom

Caster Semenya won the 3000-metres at the third leg of the ASA Speed Series in Potchefstroom last night.

Caster Semenya
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Semenya does not often run over 3000-metres.

She used the extra distance as part of his training schedule.

"This forms part of my training. We focus more on the mileage. This because we are a month behind schedule. I had a long rest. We want to be better and best," Semenya said.

Semenya revealed that her performance in the 3000-metres last night was better than anticipated.

"I was surprised with the time. I wasn't expecting to go under nine minutes and 40 seconds. So running nine minutes 35 seconds certainly was a surprise. Even my coach is surprised," said Semenya.

It is only the second time Semenya has competed over 3000-metres.

"Obviously we do a lot of four-kilometre training runs on the cross-country loops. The 3000-metres is quite a bit different as you are going around the track seven times. I never even do this in training. The longest track work I do in training is around four laps. That tends to be enough," Semenya concluded.

Semenya clocked nine minutes and 36 seconds in beating SA cross-country champion, Kesa Molotsane, in Potchefstroom last night.

Sunette Viljoen and Akani Simbine also won in Potchefstroom.

Viljoen claimed victory in the women's javelin, while Simbine came home first in the men's 200-metres. Simbine clocked 20.33 seconds and was pleased with his bend running in Potchefstroom.

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