Day 3 events:

Athletics Weekly - - TO­GETHER WE RUN -

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

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