Caster Semenya third in Brussels 800m as gender debate rages on
• Britain’s Simpson unhappy over confidential gender tests
• Tyson Gay of the US wins 100 metres in 9.79sec
“I think that’s one of the issues for some of us, no one really knows what the outcome is,” Simpson said. “She’s just been allowed to come back on the scene and we’re expected just to get on with it. It’s fair to an extent but I think we all just want a fair level playing field out there. It would be nice to just – I know it’s really none of our business – but it would just be nice to be reassured more than anything.”
In her first truly competitive race since her return last month, Semenya looked slow and heavy, but still managed a third-place finish with a season’s best of one minute 59.65sec,behind the former world champion whose title she took in Berlin last year – Janeth Jepkosgei – and the European champion Mariya Savinova. The 19-year-old ran the long way round to overtake Britain’s Jenny Meadows in the final straight, and set up expectations as the favourite to take the Commonwealth title in Delhi.
But Meadows, who finished fifth, refused to join in with Simpson’s complaints, instead insisting: “We’re British and we’ll always keep our cards close to our chest. We support Caster as a person; she’s been through a great ordeal.”
In the men’s 100m Tyson Gay ran another impressive time of 9.79sec to win the Diamond League prize, making up for a poor start with a blistering final 50m in the second half. A false start – blamed on a technical fault – had delayed the field. “I think my mind got boggled because of the false start – which was my fault,” said the 27-year-old, who confirmed recent reports that he hopes to extend his 100m and 200m repertoire to running the 400m, beginning with the 4x400m at the World Championships next year.
“No, it’s serious. That’s a goal of mine, that’s what I want to do before I retire. I know I’m going to have some tough guys to beat but hopefully I can slide in there somewhere.”
The European champion Dai Greene put on an impressive performance finishing second in a world-class 400m hurdles field, with the second fastest time of his career, 48.26sec. “I’m very pleased with the results I think it just reinforces what I did in Barcelona and reiterates the fact that I can go sub 48,” said the 24-year-old, whose personal best of 48.12sec is tantalisingly close to the 48-second barrier.