Caster cruises to 1500m gold

Chepkoech bags Kenya silver in 1,500m women race

Chepkoech bags Kenya silver in 1,500m women race

Semenya's winning time of 4:00.71 also broke both the Commonwealth Games and the South African record, the latter having stood to Zola Budd since 1984; though still an 800m specialist, there was no stopping Semenya once she hit the front entering the final 200m, before landing her first major 1,500m title.

She erased Olympic 5,000m champion Hellen Obiri's 4:04.43 games record set in Glasgow four years ago.

The field went out fast in the 1500m hoping to stretch the 800m champion as she stepped up to this distance.

Semenya, 27, is bidding to become the third woman to win Commonwealth Games gold medals in the 800m and 1500m in the same year.

It was a victorious moment for Semenya, who called for assistance for an exhausted rival lying on the track before setting off for a lap of honour wrapped in the national flag. "I'm excited still for the 5km because I feel I'm in really good 5km shape and I really want to prove it". I've had a few races where I've trailed at the back and walked away extremely disappointed in my performance.

England's Sarah McDonald placed eighth with 4:05.77, while Katie Snowden was 11th in 4:06.55 and Northern Ireland's Ciara Mageean 13th in 4:07.41. "I actually knew from the last lap that the record was gone and I just needed to maintain the pace".

"I tried to build again and I thought I did a reasonable job, I felt like I started to move back through", he said.

Semenya pips Chepkoech to 1500m gold in Gold Coast
Ciara Mageean 'proud' of 1500m performance at Commonwealth Games

"With 10 years of experience for me now I think I'm ready for anything".

Jamaica made it a one-two through Hansle Parchment, who ran 13.22, while Australia's Nicholas Hough won bronze in a PB of 13.38. It's my first proper champs at senior level and it's so promising to have a training partner with a bronze medal.

The home nations athletes in the women's 400m also suffered disappointment, failing to progress through the semi-finals.

Veronica Mutua and Gladys Musyoki failed to qualify for the final, Mutua finishing bottom of her heat in 54.85 while Musyoki was seventh in her semi clocking 54.40. She was the fourth runner. Jamaica's Anastasia Le-Roy went fastest overall with 51.08, while her team-mate Stephenie Ann McPherson, the reigning champion, ran 51.21.

And at the same time South Africa's golden girl sent a powerful riposte to Australia, who were once one of the leaders of the gender war against her.

No home nations athletes were in action in the men's 400m final as Botswana's Isaac Makwala justified his tag as favourite with a dominant victory in 44.35.

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