Caster cruises to gold in the 800m

Caster cruises to gold in the 800m

Caster cruises to gold in the 800m

Another imperious performance by South Africa's Caster Semenya denied Kenya a gold medal in the women's 800m at the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games on Friday.

The Olympic and world champion was soon into her powerful stride and crossed the line 1.39 seconds clear of Kenyan Margaret Wambui, who won bronze behind Semenya at the Rio Olympics.

The country's hopes of winning 15 gold medals rest firmly on the men's 4x100m relay on Saturday and the Blitzboks in the rugby sevens on Sunday.

"We talk about the world record, probably it will be maybe three months or four months from now, but I can't guarantee that", she said. They both finished with silver.

The packed house would have been expecting to cheer on local Sally Pearson in the 100 metres hurdles when they bought their tickets but were instead treated to top class athletics from Olympic and world champions from further afield.

Canada's Alysha Newman set a games record 4.75 meters to win the pole vault, beating McCartney by 5 centimeters. Oluwatobiloba Amusan of Nigeria won in her absence in a meet record 12.68 seconds from Jamaicans Danielle Williams and Yanique Thompson.

World championships silver medallist Joshua Cheptegei won Uganda's third 10,000m title in succession also in a Games record of 27:19.62, while England's Katatrina Johnson-Thompson won the heptathlon. 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.

As he approached the final water jump, he was waving Abraham Kibiwott on and then stepped out into lane two to allow his teammate the inside running, while Amos Kirui was in a battle with Canada's Matthew Hughes for bronze.

"We planned, it's a tactical game", Kipruto said. "Today I left my heart out there".

"I'm absolutely gutted", said Hughes. "That's why I was telling them in the last 200 metres".

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