Game on as Caster’s sights on dou­ble tri­umph

Daily Dispatch - - Sport -

CASTER Se­menya will again at­tempt the 800 me­tres and 1 500m dou­ble at next year’s Com­mon­wealth Games be­fore set­ting her sights on a world record.

The 26-year-old won gold in the shorter dis­tance and a sur­prise bronze in the 1 500m at the World Cham­pi­onship in London in Au­gust.

“I will again be go­ing for the dou­ble but I need to im­prove on my tac­tics [for the 1 500m],” she told re­porters.

“The 1 500m is a race that ex­cites me. I look for­ward to rac­ing it.”

Her coach Jean Ver­ster said the 800m world record would be a pri­or­ity for Se­menya af­ter the April Games at the Gold Coast in Aus­tralia.

“We will be gun­ning for that in the next sea­son. I think she can prob­a­bly break it al­ready but we’ve got to find the right race be­cause you don’t want to put all your cards on the ta­ble and then get beaten,” he said.

Se­menya won the 800m in London in one minute 55.16 sec­onds, the fastest time in the event since 2008.

“I be­lieve a time of 1:52 is pos­si­ble. It is just a mat­ter of get­ting in the right race with the right pace­maker,” said Ver­ster.

The world record of 1:53.28 is now al­most 35 years old and was set by Czech Jarmila Kra­tochvilova in Mu­nich in July 1983. — Reuters

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