South Africa's reigning 800 metres world champion Caster Semenya has qualified fastest for the 800m final at the World Championships in Daegu, South Korea. The South African, who was poorly-placed with 300m to go, accelerated over the last 200m and left her opponents in her wake.
She clocked a time of 1:58.07, more than half a second faster than the second fastest qualifier. At the same events, Sunette Viljoen has won a bronze medal in the women's javelin. Viljoen set a new African record with a throw of 68.3m. This is South Africa's second medal in the competition after LJ van Zyl won bronze in the 400 metres hurdles.
SA won its third medal at the championships with a second place in the finals of the men's 4x400m relay
Russia's Maria Abakumara, who took gold in the javelin, set a new championship record with a throw of 71.99m. Meanwhile, South Africa won its third medal at the championships with a second place in the finals of the men's 4x400m relay.
The SA quartet finished second behind favourites, the United States. Team SA consisted of Shane Victor, Ofentse Mogawane, Willem de Beer and LJ van Zyl.