Semenya and Löfstrand ready to lead in London

Semenya and Löfstrand ready to lead in London

50 women. 29 nationalities. 2 laps. 800 meters.

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 Photo by Reuters/Dominic Ebenbichler
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The 2017 IAAF World Championships will be starting this Friday, the 4th of August in London. One of the Championship highlights will be the women’s 800m races with the international standard of women’s distance running improving drastically over the last two years. South Africa’s Caster Semenya, Burundi’s Francine Niyonsaba and Kenya’s Margaret Wambui have proved their dominance by making an all Africa sweep during last year’s Rio Olympics 800m final.
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The favourites who will fight it out for a medal in the London include our African trio of Semenya, Niyonsaba and Wambui as well as Ajee Wilson, Sifan Hassan and Melissa Bishop who have all continued to put pressure on the leading runners. The Monaco Diamond league 800m is where Caster Semenya has yet again proved her dominance in the two lap event running a personal best, national record, world leading time and meeting record in a time of 1:55.47 ensuring that 7 of the 9 athletes in that race ran under 1:58.50 many achieving personal best times and national records. Margaret Wambui finished a mediocre 8th place with a time of 2:02.13 which may indicate that she has peaked too early in the season, opening the door for the likes of Wilson, Hassan and Bishop to rally it out for a medal if Wambui fails to redeem herself in the World champs final.
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Gena Löfstrand, the second of South Africa’s 800m athletes battling it out in London will get the perfect opportunity to improve her newly set personal best time of 2:01.50. Strong competition from across the globe can ensure Löfstrand a sub 2 minutes time if she finds herself in a fast race. This World championship is exactly what Löfstrand needs to boost herself onto the international scene and make a name for herself among the world’s best 800m runners.
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 Photo of Gena Loftstrand
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The women’s 800m race is bound to be a championship highlight with a great number of potential medal winners ready to fight it out for a place on the podium in London.
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The women’s 800m programme is as follows: (South African times)
Heats: Thursday, 10 August 2017 at 20:25
Semi-finals: Friday, 11 August 2017 at 20:35
Final: Sunday, 13 August 2017 at 21:10
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Written by: Gabriëlla Pekelharing 

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