Cape Town - South Africa's Caster Semenya had her fans in raptures when she won gold in the women's 800m final at the IAAF World Championship in London after a British journalist had goaded her over her gender ahead of the race.
Francine Niyonsaba of Burundi, world indoor champion and Olympic silver medallist, won the third and final semi ahead of Kenya's Margaret Wambui, bronze medallist at both the world indoors and Olympics a year ago.
Burundi's Francine Niyonsaba, the Olympic silver medallist and world indoor champion, finished second in 1:55.92, with American Ajee Wilson taking bronze (1:56.65).
Has anyone - aside from her predecessors long suspected of benefiting from chemical enhancements - ever made one minute 55.16 seconds look so effortless?
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This was fast - faster than the South African has ever run before in fact.
Hitting the home straight, Wilson and Niyonsaba were neck and neck before Semenya moved smoothly outside the lead duo and motored through the line for a convincing victory.
Semenya has studiously avoided the controversy, instead concentrating on her track performances and she won a bronze in the highly competitive 1500m on Monday in the opening race of her ambitious bid for a distance double. It was the American and the Burundian who sat at the front who stayed at the front, though with the final lap approaching those two and Semenya and Wambui took off from the rest of the field, and it was clear the battle for the medals was between those four.