Caster Semenya wins SA's 13th gold of the Commonwealth Games

Caster Semenya wins SA's 13th gold of the Commonwealth Games

Semenya, who had won Games women's 1,500m gold on Tuesday, erased the previous Games Record of 1:57.35 set by Joanna Houareau from Seychelles from the 2002 Manchester Games.

Cementing her credentials across a range of distances, Caster Semenya became the third woman to take an 800m/1 500m double at the Commonwealth Games on Friday, while sombre champion Martin Erasmus stunned his opposition to win freestyle wrestling gold on the ninth day of competition on Australia's Gold Coast.

Caster's win brings South Africa's medal tally up to 35 in total, with 13 gold medals.

The other Kenyans in the race, Emily Cherotich and Eglay Nalyanya, fared dismally, finishing seventh and eighth in a respective times of 2:01.74 and 2:03.08.

South Africa's Semenya, who already had the 1500m gold in her suitcase, finished nearly two seconds clear of Kenyan Margaret Nyairera Wambui and Jamaican Natoya Goule.

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Semenya coasted home in the two-lap final, setting a Games record of 1:56.68.

Canada's Alysha Newman set a games record 4.75 meters to win the pole vault, beating McCartney by 5 centimeters.

"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. She was prevented from winning a record six golds when Canada's Sophie Crane won the clubs and Kwan Dict Weng of Malaysia took gold in the ribbons. In the end, though, Jamaican Danniel Thomas-Dodd produced a shot of 19.36 to win the gold. In her first major meet since having a baby previous year, Adams threw 18.70 meters on her first attempt and held the lead for most of the final.

The night's last event, the women's 100m hurdles, was expected to be Australia's moment.

In her absence, Nigeria's Oluwatobiloba Amusan put together a brilliant display of high hurdling to power to victory in 12.68 seconds.

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After competing in seven disciplines in two days, England's Katarina Johnson-Thompson won the heptathlon with 6255 points, a margin of 122 over silver-medalist Nina Schultz of Canada. Schultz cut the margin with superior marks in the javelin and the 800m but not by enough to threaten for gold.

In a dramatic finish in the 3000m steeplechase, Olympic and world champion Conseslus Kipruto won in a meet record 8 minutes, 10.08 seconds to lead a sixth consecutive Kenyan sweep of the medals in that event at the Commonwealth Games. "I was controlling the race and. after the last water jump I called the second guy and was waiting to see the back guy coming because I knew the Canada guy was exhausted". "Today I left my heart out there".

The display was in honour of Australia team official Kelvin Kerkow, who did the same when he was victorious in Melbourne 12 years ago.

"I've never done that before in my entire life - it was instinct", Hughes said of his dive.

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