Day 3 events:
women’s triple jump, men’s 110m hurdles, men and women’s T54 1500m, women’s hammer, men’s 400m, women’s 1500m, decathlon
NOT only did Caster Semenya live up to her billing as favourite, but she broke Zola Budd’s South African record from
1984 with 4:00.71 as a scrap for minor medals saw Melissa Courtney of Wales take bronze.
The race was delayed for 10 minutes due to a technical problem, but a field packed with seven home nations hopes eventually got away.
Beatrice Chepkoech of
Kenya set much of the pace, going through 400m in 63.8 and 800m in 2:10.8, but Semenya’s surge in the final 200m was too strong as the South African also smashed the Games record, while Chepkoech held on for silver and Courtney ran a welljudged race for third.
Courtney said: “I can’t put it into words, it means so much. I started running at the age of 11 or 12 and had so many bumps on the way. It’s my first major champs and I can’t believe it. I’ve actually been prioritising the 5km. My coach Rob Denmark and I have been focusing on the longer reps and the mileage.”
Caster Semenya: Commonwealth Games and South African record