Semenya wins 800m gold at Commonwealth Games

South Africa's Caster Semenya on her way to victory in the women's 800m final during the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games at Carrara Stadium. AFP

That can wait a few months.

Semenya won the title in a new games record, with Kenya's Margaret Wambui second in 1:58.07 and Jamaica's Natoya Goule third in 1:58.82.

No. 1-ranked Australia has won the gold medal five consecutive times since field hockey was included at the Commonwealth Games in 1998.

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

"I tried to get in the lead there with the 250m to go, I just couldn't get myself over the line".

"I think it was little bit cheeky, they thought I would hang around the back", Semenya said. I feel so lucky to be able to be openly who I am without worry.

"We need to run four championships in doubles and then decide if we still have speed for the 800", she said.

"If we still have speed in in [800] we still continue 800 metres".

Joshua Cheptegei won a longer distance double for Uganda, adding the 10,000m title in a Games record 27:19.62 to go with his earlier win in the 5000m. "For me, this is more than a game".

The two-time Olympic and three-time world champion in the event led from the front and never looked like being caught as she repeated her achievement from the 1500m of breaking the Games record en route to gold.

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Receiving significant consolation for the loss, they clinched the silver medal.

Canada's Alysha Newman set a games record 4.75m to win the pole vault, with a mark 5cm higher than McCartney.

"It's been an unbelievable six months of my life", she said. "If I had left them behind they might not have pushed". It was a great fight - Danniel deserved to win. "She's young, she's strong, she's in shape".

The night's last event, the women's 100-meter hurdles, was expected to be Australia's moment.

The dominant South African secured an worldwide career slam, becoming the first woman since retired Mozambican legend Maria Mutola to win 800m titles at the Olympic Games, World Championships, Commonwealth Games, African Championships and African Games.

With Pearson watching in the stadium, Oluwatobiloba Amusan of Nigeria won in a meet record 12.68 from Jamaicans Danielle Williams and Yanique Thompson.

Semenya surprised her rivals by dictating the pace from the start of the final and maintained a commanding lead for the most of the race to finish in 1 minute, 56.68 seconds.

Hughes ended on his hands and knees, exhausted and frustrated again.

The display was in honour of Australia team official Kelvin Kerkow, who did the same when he was victorious in Melbourne 12 years ago.

"I'm absolutely gutted", said Hughes. "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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