South Africa: Caster Semenya to Compete in 5000m at World Championships
There’s good news for South Africa as the nation’s Olympic champion, Caster Semenya has been included on the entry list for the 5,000m event at next week’s World Championships in Oregon, as reported by Reuters.
Semenya, who achieved a personal best of 15:31.50 in the event earlier this year, failed to make the qualifying time of 15:10.00. She was also not included in South Africa’s team for the championships, but will be allowed to compete after a number of higher-ranked runners pulled out.
“There were several withdrawals from other athletes around the world which opened the opportunity and World Athletics made it possible that she be entered,” a spokesperson for Athletics South Africa told Reuters in an email.