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Semenya Eyeing Olympic Double

  • By Competitor Running
  • Published Aug. 31, 2010
  • Updated Feb. 22, 2013 at 11:14 AM UTC

Reigning world 800-meter champion thinking of adding a 1,500-meter title to her resume.

Saying she’s unfazed by the gender controversy that constantly surrounds her, South African Caster Semenya made her future goals in the sport of track & field quite clear: double gold at the 2012 Olympic Games in London.

“It’s not a problem going for two events,” the South African said, recalling that she put up decent 1,500 times in junior meets. “It depends how strong you are, because you go through (qualifying) rounds.”

Fresh off her first lost of the season last Friday at the Diamond League finale in Brussels, Semenya is trying to regain the form that won her the women’s 800-meter world championship last summer in Berlin. Her coach, Michael Seme, says poor strategy was to blame for her third-place finish last week.

“Now all the other coaches are aware that people are using this system of coming from behind,” said Seme. “Now we’re going to change. We’ll (stay) with them — not at the back, not leading — just in the (pack), then we’ll try to push more in the last 200 meters.”

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