Olympics News: Semenya, who improved her national record to 1min 55.28sec, controlled the race from the start, and apart from Francine Niyonsaba of Burundi attacking on the back straight, the South African track star never looked in danger of losing this one. Semenya, the 2009 world champion, won the silver at London 2012, becoming the first SA athlete since 110m hurdler Sid Atkinson in 1928 to upgrade a silver to gold four years later. Her gold on Saturday was Team South Africa’s second gold of the Games, and their 10th medal overall, which matches the country’s best returns from 1952 and 1920.
South Africa’s other medalists include:
Gold: World record-breaking Wayde van Niekerk clinched gold in the men’s 400m
Silver: Sunette Viljoen secured second place place in the women’s javelin throw while in swimming Chad le Clos came second in the men’s 100m butterfly and 200m freestyle and Cameron van der Burgh finished second in the men’s 100m breaststroke. Lawrence Brittain and Shaun Keeling secured silver in the men’s rowing pairs while the the talented Luvo Manyonga took silver in the men’s long jump.
Bronze: The Blitzbokke settled for third place in the men’s rugby sevens and an elated Henri Schoeman secured bronze in the men’s triathlon.