Commonwealth Games: Semenya mulls longer distance after double gold


Caster Semenya of South Africa in action during the Women's 800m Final's on day 9 of the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games at Carrara Athletics Stadium on April 13, 2018 in Gold Coast, Australia.

"My main goal here is to show people I'm here to inspire the world, nothing else".

There had been speculation in the lead up to the event the two-time reigning Olympic champion would attempt to tackle the world record held by Jarmila Kratochvilova that has stood since 1983.

Elsewhere on the Gold Coast, English tabloid darling Tom Daley captured diving gold before weighing in on gay rights, while 15-year-old shooter Anish Bhanwala became India's youngest ever Commonwealth champion.

The 27-year-old, who identifies as a woman but has elevated testosterone levels, dedicated her gold medal to the late Winnie Mandela after her crushing win.

"But if we talk about world records, probably maybe it will be three months, four months". But if not, we'll go further because obviously we have 5K, we have 10K.

"So this win is actually not about me but it's for all the African girls coming from the rural areas who don't believe this is possible".

Kenya's Margaret Nyairera Wambui was second in 1:58.07 and Natoya Goule of Jamaica took the bronze in 1:58.82.

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After Semenya's double over the middle distance, Joshua Cheptegei completed a longer distance-double for Uganda, adding the 10,000-meter title in a games record 27:19.62 to go with his earlier win in the 5,000. "So for me, this is more than a game".

The 27-year old has had to endure horrific treatment from athletic authorities and terrible scrutiny and speculation bordering on invasion of her privacy regarding her gender.

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.

There was a surprise gold for Nigeria's Tobiloba Amusan in the women's 100m hurdles, in the absence of Australian world champion Sally Pearson due to injury.

"Because I could feel at the bell, 'ok, that's 58 [seconds], I can push for 58 again, I don't necessarily have to sprint".

"My objective here will be really to reveal individuals I'm the following to encourage the world, nearly nothing".

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'm sick and exhausted of coming here ... my mentality was rewrite the script - the Kenyans just come in here and do whatever they want and nobody tries to mess up their plans".