Flash Women’s 800: Caster Semenya Runs Negative Splits To Take Gold As Ajee Wilson Fights Hard For Bronze

Francine Niyonsaba and Ajee Wilson threw the best challenge at her they could, but in the end Caster Semenya was just too good and took her third world title (fifth global gold) in a PB and NR of 1:55.16.

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by LetsRun.com
August 13, 2017

LONDON – Francine Niyonsaba and Ajee Wilson threw the best challenge at her they could, but in the end Caster Semenya was just too good and after running negative splits of 58.53 and 56.63 is your 2017 women’s 800 world champion. Niyonsaba lead most of the race going out hard in 57.98 as Wilson stalked her in second and Semenya sat mid-pack, more than half a second off the lead. Wilson followed Niyonsaba until trying to pass with 200m to go, but Niyonsaba held off Wilson’s move while Semenya quickly made up the gap and blew by the two challengers on the homestretch.  Semenya took her third World title (fifth global gold) in a PB and national record of 1:55.16 (#8 all-time) while Niyonsaba (1:55.92) and Wilson (1:56.65) were each rewarded for their efforts with silver and bronze.

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1 4209 Caster SEMENYA RSARSA 1:55.16 WL
2 3660 Francine NIYONSABA BDIBDI 1:55.92
3 4380 Ajee WILSON USAUSA 1:56.65
4 4090 Margaret Nyairera WAMBUI KENKEN 1:57.54
5 3719 Melissa BISHOP CANCAN 1:57.68
6 4166 Angelika CICHOCKA POLPOL 1:58.41 PB
7 4350 Charlene LIPSEY USAUSA 1:58.73
8 3911 Lynsey SHARP GBRGBR 1:58.98