TEAM SA BOUND FOR BEI­JING

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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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