Peerless Semenya denies Kenya gold in women's 800m

Peerless Semenya denies Kenya gold in women's 800m

After the race, she revealed how anti-apartheid hero Mandela, who died two weeks ago after a long illness, had helped her through adversity.

"I'm still young - just turned 27".

Nyairera clocked 1:58.07 to settle for silver ahead of Jamaica's Natoya Goule who was content with a bronze in a personal best of 1:58.82.

While questions persist over whether Semenya should even be allowed to take the field, the runner revealed that the brickbats were a form of motivation for her. "As a sports science graduate, you tend to understand the psychology of how to handle emotions". "If anyone asked me if I was going to be competing with a child, not at all, I could never see myself coming back".

"Yeah I think for this four years that has been a target to double up each and every championship", Semenya said of the middle distance double.

If Team SA had taken the gold, SA would've leapfrogged Canada into fourth place on the medals table - but Mzansi had to settle for silver.

Semenya's time of one minute 56.68 seconds took almost a second off the Games record and will surely convince her to double up at next year's world championships in Doha and perhaps the Olympics that follow in 2020.

"I can't be selfish anymore, it's not just me", Adams said. World and former Olympic champion Sally Pearson featured in all the PR as the local girl but withdrew before the programme started with an injury.

Meanwhile, Canada's Alysha Newman upset New Zealand's Olympic bronze medallist Eliza McCartney to win the women's pole vault.

"Being able to win the double is a memory I'll never forget but I'm doing this for the youth to show them that anything is possible, if you believe", she said. "For me, this is more than a game".

India won two of Friday's three shooting finals, Tejaswini Sawant winning the women's 50m rifle as schoolboy Anish bagged gold in the men's 25m rapid fire pistol.

South African Semenya smashed the Games record to win the 1,500m on Tuesday and another Commonwealth mark always looked on the cards in her favoured 800m from the moment she hit the front on the first bend.

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