Caster Semenya wins 800m gold

Melissa Bishop can run 800 metres faster than any Canadian woman ever. But her chances of winning a world title are slim to none

Wilson began her kick but Niyonsaba refused to yield the inside track and as the two pushed the pace, defending Olympic champion Caster Semenya of South Africa surged forward and easily pulled away from them both to win the gold in 1:55.16, a new personal best and the fastest time in the world this year.

Francine Niyonsaba of Burundi, world indoor champion and Olympic silver medallist, won the third and final semi ahead of Kenya's Margaret Wambui, bronze medallist at both the world indoors and Olympics previous year. Niyonsaba herself finished strongly to take the silver medal, with Wilson easing down in the final meters knowing she had secured a medal. I think this young lady is going to win a gold medal in a significant event in the not too distant future.

Sunday's victory crowns a sensational championships for the Rio Olympic champion, although it wasn't plain sailing in the 800m final.

"It would have been a waste of time staying at home, doing nothing so I thought I'd come here to entertain you people", Semenya said of her decision to run the 1,500 as well.

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The race got off to a fairly quick start, and unsurprisingly it was natural front-runners Niyonsaba and Wilson who went straight to the front, with Semenya, Wambui, and Sharp sitting comfortably behind them.

The 800m medallists, from left, Ajee Wilson (bronze), Caster Semenya (gold) and Francine Niyonsaba (silver).

The United States have won only one medal in the event - Brenda Martinez's bronze in 2013 - but 23-year-old Wilson is certainly in the mix for another and will be joined in the final by compatriot Charlene Lipsey.

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