Caster Semenya took the first step towards a Commonwealth middle-distance double --and added to South Africa’s already impressive showing-- with a commanding victory in the 1500m on the third day of Games competition in Carrara Stadium.
Moving up on the leader’s shoulders near the bell, Semenya crunched out a 60-second final lap to cruise to victory in 4:00.71 ahead of Kenya’s Beatrice Chepkoech and Melissa Courtney of Wales.
Chepkoech and Australia’s Linden Hall had shared the lead through a solid first three laps in 3:16.23, but neither could produce the change of pace which might have made life harder for the winner.
Chepkoech took the silver medal in 4:03.09 and Courtney slipped past Hall up the straight to take the bronze, 4:03.44 to 4:03.67.
Semenya now turns her attention to the 800m, in which she will start overwhelming favourite.