TEAM SA BOUND FOR BEIJING
The 24-year-old is racing against time to clock the required standard entry mark of 2:01.00 or under, to qualify for the global track and field meeting in Beijing, China, later this month.
She had not yet qualified by Friday’s cut-off date, which was set by Athletics SA (ASA).
But her coach, Jean Verster, is not panicking yet.
“Caster comes from a hard endurance phase and is in good shape to qualify,” he said.
Semenya was due to run at a gala meeting in Linz, Austria, yesterday.
“If she qualifies, she will return home immediately to train for the World Championships. But if she doesn’t, we’ll quickly organise another race because she has until August 8 [to run the qualifying time],” Verster said.
Semenya strolled to second place in 2:05.47 in Tábor, Czech Republic, on Tuesday.
“I am told she had an argument with the race organisers before the race. They wanted her to be the pacemaker. I was surprised that she finished the race despite the incident,” said Verster.
Pacemakers or pacers are not considered full competitors and their times don’t count as official records.
Despite the controversy that preceded her race, Semenya took to Twitter to assure fans she was not throwing in the towel.
Semenya’s tweet read: “No matter how many times you fail, try till you get it right. Bo makgona ke bo Mabusheletja...” (the one who gets it right has to do it all over again).
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