Se­menya to lead SA in Paris leg

Afro Voice (National Edition) - - Afro Sport - NEVILLE KHOZA nevillek@afro­

CASTER Se­menya will put the IAAF con­tro­versy aside and shift her fo­cus to the Di­a­mond League meet­ing in Paris tomorrow night.

Se­menya will line up in her favourite 800m event where she is ex­pected to con­tinue her dom­i­nance.

Ear­lier this week, the In­ter­na­tional As­so­ci­a­tion of Ath­let­ics Fed­er­a­tion (IAAF) promised to re­spect the Court of Ar­bi­tra­tion for Sports (CAS) de­ci­sion on rules over testosterone lev­els in fe­male ath­letes af­ter Se­menya filed her ap­peal.

But now she will put that aside as she fo­cuses on win­ning the Paris leg tomorrow where she leads five fel­low South Africans.

Se­menya leads the Di­a­mond race with three points more than her ri­val, Francine Niyon­s­aba of Bu­rundi.

She is favourite to con­tinue her dom­i­nance in her spe­cial­ist 800m event hav­ing won all the races she par­tic­i­pated in this year as she looks un­stop­pable.

Com­mon­wealth Games 100m gold medal­list Akani Sim­bine is also in ac­tion in his favourite event. He will be up against Amer­i­can duo of Mike Rodgers and Ron­nie Baker who both boast (9.89) and (9.90) times this year.

Hen­rico Bru­in­tjies and Thando Roto will also be in ac­tion in the 100m events and in the B race.

Both will look to prove they de­serve to be in the main con­test. Bru­in­tjies has been a model of con­sis­tency this year, while Roto has eased his way back onto the track af­ter re­cov­er­ing from in­jury, boast­ing a sea­son’s best of 10.17.

Na­tional 110m hur­dles record holder An­to­nio Alkana will line up in a qual­i­fy­ing heat in his spe­cial­ist event with an eye on a spot in the fi­nal.

Alkana has not come close to the per­sonal best mark of 13.11 he set last year.

He will hope to progress beyond the heats and earn a spot in the fi­nal.

Com­plet­ing the South African con­tin­gent, half­lap sprint spe­cial­ist Lux­olo Adams is rac­ing in the non­Di­a­mond 200m event.


GOLDEN GIRL: Olympic cham­pion Caster Se­menya.

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