In today’s edition of ‘There’s just no stopping Caster Semenya‘, the 800m Olympic champion broke a 1000m record on Sunday at the IAAF World Challenge meeting in Berlin. Semenya clocked a new record of two minutes, 30.70 seconds (2:30:70), abbreviating her previous record time by a whole 0.31 seconds.
This now means that our national treasure is 5th place on the 1000m world all-time list.
— Caster Semenya (@caster800m) August 4, 2018
She told media that her success on the track ‘is not only about running fast, it is about feeling your body, and we have done what we could.’
‘The crowd was fantastic’, she continued. ‘It was great being invited to the ISTAF, this meeting and the stadium are amazing.’
Globally celebrated for breaking 800m records has been performing optimally since February. As a result, Caster Semenya’s 2018 victory wall now boasts 1000m and 1500m world records since she broke Ilze Wicksell 1983 record by close to two seconds and Zola Budd’s 1984 record that stood for 34 years by a whole second less.
Last Thursday Semenya reminded us that her reign won’t let up when she won her third consecutive overall Diamond League 800m title.
Semenya has not lost an 800m race since September 2015 when she placed 8th in Berlin and she’s determined to maintain her winning streak in Ostrava, where she will run 400m and 800m races for Africa.
With a list of accolades that long, it’s no wonder Caster Semenya was nominated alongside the ‘greatest of all time’ (GOAT), Serena Williams, for Sportswoman of the Year earlier this year, and we’re rooting for her take it home in 2019!!