Semenya to lead SA in Paris leg
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.