Games - Semanya, Cheptegei double up as class shows on Gold Coast


Caster Semenya, who has long competed under a cloud owing to elevated testosterone levels that critics say give her an unfair edge, shrugged off the controversy to complete a Commonwealth Games double with victory in the women's 800m yesterday.

Caster Semenya led the field from the very beginning as she claimed her second gold medal in the 2018 Commonwealth Games at Australia's Gold Coast by dominating the women's 800m.

Semenya left Kenya's Margaret Nyairera Wambui for dead coming off the final bend to win with plenty to spare as Jamaica's Natoya Goule took bronze.

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The English side will play the victor of Friday's later semifinal between Australia and New Zealand in Saturday's gold medal final.

She's not the only formidable woman in action - the Springboks Sevens Women's team have yet to play two matches at the first CWG to include the discipline.

Meanwhile, Canada's Alysha Newman upset New Zealand's Olympic bronze medallist Eliza McCartney to win the women's pole vault. England, which formed part of the Britain team which lost to Canada for bronze at Rio, beat Fiji 17-5. The finals are Sunday.

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Daley's gold medal in the 10-metre synchro diving with Daniel Goodfellow was followed by an impassioned plea for several Commonwealth countries to relax their anti-gay stance. Another England pair, Matthew Dixon and Noah Williams, took silver with 399.99 points.

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.

Continuing his country's dominance at Belmont, the shooting venue located in outer Brisbane, Anish Bhanwala, the youngest member of his country's games team, earned India its sixth shooting gold.

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Singapore's Feng Tianwei and Yu Mengyu added to their list of table tennis titles with victory in the women's doubles -? days after Singapore missed out on women's team gold for the first time since the sport joined the Games in 2002. She won both in Games-record times. She was prevented from winning a record six golds when Canada's Sophie Crane won the clubs and Kwan Dict Weng of Malaysia took gold in the ribbons. "It really means a lot".