S. African Semanya wraps women's 1,000m at ISTAF

Source: Xinhua| 2018-09-03 02:38:33|Editor: huaxia
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BERLIN, Sept. 2 (Xinhua) -- South Africa's Caster Semenya staged a powerful performance after dominating the women's 1,000m race with a personal best of 2 minutes 30.70 seconds at the 77th edition of the International Stadium Festival (ISTAF) in Berlin's Olympic Stadium on Sunday.

The 27-year-old dictated the pace and controlled the proceedings from the start in a wire-to-wire win. Semenya raced to a national record and world lead with 2:30.70.

"It was a great race, a little bit tiring, as I was leading the whole field. I am happy about the time. It is not only about running fast, it is about feeling your body and we have done what we could," Semenya said.

Halima Nakaayi took the second place and national record with 2:34.88 followed by Kenya's Nelly Jepkosgei, also with a national record of 2:35.30.

The ISTAF in Berlin's Olympic Stadium is the biggest athletics meeting in the world and attracts annually 50.000 spectators as approximately 180 athletes from 40 countries and regions compete in 15 disciplines. Enditem