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Caster Semenya bags a gold medal for Team SA in Australia

Caster Semenya bags a gold medal for Team SA in Australia”

South African flag-bearer Caster Semenya driven into the 1,500 metres name in the Commonwealth Games on Tuesday, preserving her bidding to get a golden dual in the Gold Coast complete.

Semenya's time is a South African record, improving on the 4:01.81 set by Zola Budd in 1984, while it also betters the Games record of 4:04.43 which had been run by Kenya's Hellen Obiri in 2014. Clark ran 52.06, only marginally quicker than her sixth-place time at the World Indoors this spring, and Onuora ran 52.73.

Daley, a former world champion in the platform and bronze medalist at the 2012 Olympics, said he was "devastated" to have to withdraw from the individual competition.

"With ten years of experience for me now I think I'm ready for anything".

The visually impaired mixed pair lawn-bowlers‚ Nozipho Schroeder and Philippus Walker‚ secured a medal after beating Wales 11-9 in their semifinal‚ although it went down to the last bowl delivered by the SA skip.

Beginning at a steady pace in the middle of the pack in lane two in wet conditions, the 800m Olympic champion Semenya was comfortable holding back in her less-favoured event.

Before arriving in Australia, Semenya promised to lead South Africa by example. "I'm more like a captain so I need to show the guys that, yes, I'm a woman of my words", she said. He said the semifinal was worth five, but the gold was deserving of 10.

"It's just so great to have an opportunity to have a home Games", he said, "and I'm so glad I could make the most of it". "I still have the power to go".

With another bumper crowd roaring support, Makwala crossed the line with mouth agape and arms spread like an aeroplane, well clear of runner-up compatriot Baboloki Thebe (45.09) and third-placed Jamaican Javon Francis.

It was a special win for Makwala, who reached the 200 final at last year's world championships days after being refused entry to the stadium for the 400 final because of quarantine restrictions amid a viral outbreak.

Canada's Pierce Lepage (8,171) took the silver, with Australia's Cedric Dubler clinching bronze.

Australia's Nicholas Hough took bronze in a PB of 13.38 as England's recently crowned world indoor champion Andrew Pozzi finished a disappointing joint sixth after clattering the first hurdle.

Canadian Elaine Tanner won seven medals (four gold and three silver) at the 1966 edition in Kingston, Jamaica.

Blake's stumbling attempt to get a unsatisfactory bronze set a dampener about the Jamaican club on Monday, nevertheless the Caribbean athletics racket struck together with golds at the 110 metres hurdles and the triple jump.

Starting out as one of the favourites, he hit the first hurdle, recovered to stay in contention but then struggled technically in the second half, clocking 13.53 behind victor Ronald Levy of Jamaica (13.19).

Julia Ratcliffe also continued New Zealand's throwing prowess tonight with hammer victory in 69.94.



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