Semenya wins second Commonwealth Games gold to make history

Semenya wins second Commonwealth Games gold to make history

Semenya wins second Commonwealth Games gold to make history

South African wrestler Martin Erasmus powered his way to gold against Mausam Khatri of India in the Men's Freestyle 97kg on day nine of the Commonwealth Games [CWG] on Friday.

Semenya‚ who won the 1500m earlier in the week‚ led from the front and was unchallenged as she stormed home first ahead of Kenya's Margaret Wambui and Natoye Goule of Jamaica.

Semenya added to her gold in the women's 1 500m earlier in the week to complete a rare double in the middle-distance events.

Semenya said her focus in Australia was on clinching the double - as it will be at every major championship through the Tokyo Olympics in 2020 - rather than have a crack at the world record of 1:53.28 world record set by Jarmila Kratochvilova in 1983. For me, 58-58 [58 seconds each lap] is a pace that now I think I've mastered, I ran that as a junior.

"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. "Now it's all about having fun".

From that point, victory seemed assured as the Olympic champion completed a dominant performance.

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New Zealanders flocked to the Carrara Stadium hoping for two gold medals, with Valerie Adams targeting a fourth consecutive Commonwealth Games title in the shot put and Eliza McCartney among the favorites in the women's pole vault.

"Today I left my heart out there, it was a great fight", said the twice Olympic and four-times world champion. "If we do, we continue with 800".

"I'm still 27, when I do my long runs I feel like I can still fit into distance running. For me, this is more than a game".

And what about the world record over the 800, then?

After her event, Adams went to the stands to hug her daughter, Kimoana, and her family.

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