Wesley Botton
Chief sports writer
2 minute read
19 Jun 2021
8:00 am

Semenya’s got the range to sign Tokyo Olympic ticket

Wesley Botton

Semenya will have another go at the Olympic 5,000m qualifying standard at a meeting in Germany on Saturday night.

Caster Semenya will attempt to qualify for the Tokyo Olympics this weekend. Picture: Gallo Images

A few years ago I took a bet with colleagues - I think it had something to do with streaking - that Caster Semenya would not dip under four minutes in the 1,500m final at the national championships. She was new to the distance and, thankfully for me and the spectators at the stadium, she didn't break the barrier. She would, however, go on to become a world-class athlete in the metric mile. And while she has always been better in the 800m event - winning three world titles and two Olympic gold medals - Semenya has earned African and...