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Caster sets her sights on a world-championship time

Caster Semenya’s comeback is gathering momentum. She’s now eyeing a world championship-qualifying time when she competes in the 800m at the SA Open championships tomorrow.

About 100 athletes from other Southern African nations will go up against some of SA’s top runners, including 400m hurdler Wenda Nel and distance star Elroy Gelant, at the meet in Potchefstroom.

Semenya has been off the boil since winning silver at the 2012 Olympic Games in London.

Late last year she moved to Potchefstroom to train under middle-distance guru Jean Verster, and he believes she has sufficient form to beat the stipulated 2min 01.00sec mark to book her spot to the world champs in Beijing in August.

“We’re expecting quite a good race from her,” said Verster. “She’s close to two-minutes shape, maybe even under two minutes. We hope she can qualify. But because this is a championship, we don’t have pacemakers. It’s not so easy on your own.”

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