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Semenya falls well short in bold bid at world 5000m

South Africa’s Caster Semenya reacts following her elimination from the women’s 5000m at the World Championships on Wednesday

EUGENE (UNITED STATES) – Caster Semenya’s first appearance in a world championships in five years on Wednesday saw the controversy-mired South African fail to qualify for the women’s 5000m finals.

In roasting mid-afternoon temperatures, Semenya finished 13th in the first of two rounds at Hayward Field, Eugene, in 15:46.12, more than 45sec off the 15th and final qualifying place.

“Cooking!” said Semenya post-race. “It was hot, I could not keep up with the pace, I tried to stick as much as I can, but you know, it is a part of the game.

“I think it is great to be able to run here,” she added. “Just being able…

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