Caster Semenya cruises to victory in 5,000 meters at South African athletics championships as she awaits CAS ruling
- Caster Semenya achieved the victory over the 5,000 meters on Thursday
- Semenya is awaiting CAS judgment after an appeal
- Wayde van Niekerk took his 400 meter heat, referring to a wet track
Caster Semenya rode to victory on Thursday's 5000-meter South African athletics championships, a potential new distance as she awaits the Judgment of the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) in an appeal against regulations seeking to limit her testosterone level.
Semenya watched in complete control as she won in a time of 4:05:97 on the opening day of the championships, which serve as an important test for the South African team going to the World Championships in Doha in September.
Semenya made a rare run on the longer distance after earlier cruising to Friday's final of the 1,500 m with a time of 4: 30.65, well below her personal record.
Caster Semenya ruled at 5,000 meters during the South African athletics championships
Although she barely broke sweat, her 1,500m time was nine seconds faster than the second fastest qualification.
The series for the 800m, her most important event, are on Friday morning, with the final being held on Saturday evening.
Semenya is awaiting the outcome of her call to CAS to stop the introduction of new prescriptions by the International Association of Athletes Associations (IAAF) that would force her to take medication to limit her natural levels of testosterone.
The IAAF wants female athletes with differences in sexual development to lower their blood testosterone levels below a certain concentration for a period of six months before they can compete to prevent unfair advantage.
Semenya awaits the judgment of the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) in an appeal against regulations to limit her testosterone level.
But this is limited to events ranging between 400m and a mile, and therefore would not include the 5,000m, leaving Semenya free to compete freely.
Her time on Thursday was 45 seconds slower than the best figure recorded so far in 2019, but Semenya seemed to retreat before putting her familiar sprint in the last 200 meters.
CAS is expected to make a ruling on the appeal of Semenya before the end of April.
400 meters world record holder Wayde van Niekerk took a wet track from his preliminary round
Meanwhile, the 400-meter-long Olympic gold medalist and world record holder Wayde van Niekerk shrugged off his heat on a wet track while, after 18 months, he tried to resume high-level competition.
& # 39; Sad to announce my withdrawal from South African Seniors Athletics, & # 39; tweeted Van Niekerk.
& # 39; I was looking forward to competing again at home after a good build-up, but the weather is not playing, so we don't want to take any risks.
& # 39; I look forward to representing South Africa on the international circuit. & # 39;
Van Niekerk injured his knee in a rugby game with charity contact in October 2017 and missed the entire 2018 season.