Previous editions of the women’s 800m World Championships race have been fast, especially those staged on Asian soil. For Caster Semenya to challenge for a medal in Beijing, she must aim for:
2:00 to make the top three in her heat for automatic semifinal qualification. If not, she will have to sneak in as one of the next four fastest qualifiers in the heats in a time that is not much slower than two minutes.
A sub two minute for an automatic qualifying mark among the top three in the semifinals – or make it as one of the two fastest qualifiers.
A run closer to her personal best time of 1:55.45 to win a medal – any mark between 1:55 and 1:57 should guarantee Semenya a podium finish.