PARIS, France- South African middle distance running star, Caster Semenya will have the decade old meeting record set by Kenya’s Pamela Jelimo at the Meeting de Paris on June 30.
Organisers have included women 800m-world champion in the seventh leg of the 2018 IAAF Diamond League alongside home runner, Pierre-Ambroise Bosse who holds the corresponding men’s two-lap title.
In Paris, she’ll be keen to improve her 1:56.58 world lead ran when winning the 2018 Commonwealth Games gold at Gold Coast 2018 but Semenya has to erase her personal best time –1:55.16 from last year’s World Championships in London– to challenge the meeting record of 1:54.97 set by Jelimo from 2008.
Semenya has remained undefeated over the distance since her elimination in the semi-finals of the 2015 Worlds in Beijing.
At 27, she’s set herself a fabulous challenge this season: to win the IAAF Diamond League over two distances, the 800m and the 1500m.
She kicked off her campaign with victory over the longer distance with a 3:59.92 national record in Doha on May 4 but is yet to come close to the times ran by Jelimo in her Annus Mirabilis of 2008 when the Kenyan won the Beijing Olympic title.
Bosse is a familiar face at the meeting organised by the French Athletics Federation. Indeed, the Frenchman made his debut at the meeting in 2012, less than a year after his racing to his European junior title.
Twenty years old back then, he finished ninth in 1:47.85, albeit with the certainty that he was approaching the highest level in the world for the first time.
-Report by organisers for the IAAF