Caster cruises into 800m final

Semenya wins 800m gold at Commonwealth Games

South Africa's Caster Semenya completed a middle distance double in emphatic style and Uganda's Joshua Cheptegei followed with a distance double as Commonwealth Games records tumbled on the penultimate day of track and field on Friday.

Semenya left Kenya's Margaret Nyairera Wambui for dead coming off the final bend to win with plenty to spare, as Jamaican Natoya Goule took bronze.

South Africa's Caster Semenya celebrates after winning the women's 1500m final during the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games at the Carrara Stadium.

Semenya coasted home in the two-lap final, setting a Games record of 1:56.68.

Rhythmic gymnast Diamanto Evripidou of Cyprus won two more gold medals to give her four for the games.

She didn't leave anything to chance on the Gold Coast.

"The question is how they are confident that one syringe is being used by both athletes", Chaudry said.

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Jamaica's Danniel Thomas-Dodd's last shot of 19.36m was good enough for gold, breaking a tie with Adams at 18.70.

It was a challenge that proved a bridge too far in London past year, as she could only manage a bronze in the 1500m, despite again claiming gold over her favoured 800m trip.

The night's last event, the women's 100-meter hurdles, was expected to be Australia's moment. World and former Olympic champion Sally Pearson featured in all the PR as the local girl but withdrew before the programme started with an injury.

In her absence, Nigeria's Oluwatobiloba Amusan put together a brilliant display of high hurdling to power to victory in 12.68 seconds. I'm OK. We have great team spirit and the guys have been very supportive and I wanted to do my best for them.

"When the Commonwealth Games Federation says no tolerance, the Commonwealth Games Federation means no tolerance", federation president Loiuse Martin said. They realised then it was too late, that I'm running one pace for a long time, because I can run that pace for a long time.

Canada's Matthew Hughes was in strong position for a bronze to break Kenya's monopoly of the medals but, despite a desperate dive across the finish line, he couldn't hold off the fast finishing Amos Kirui. Hughes was fourth at Glasgow four years ago as well.

"She was a friend and always told me to be myself, to love myself - don't listen to the noise, don't entertain nonsense", said Semenya, who has a condition known as hyperandrogenism. "I'm sick and exhausted of coming here.my mentality was rewrite the script - the Kenyans just come in here and do whatever they want and nobody tries to mess up their plans".

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