STOCKHOLM (Reuters) – American Ajee Wilson made the most of the absence of Caster Semenya and Francine Niyonsaba to win the women’s 800 meters in Thursday’s Diamond League meeting on a windy, wet evening in the Swedish capital.
Wilson, who came third at the Diamond League meeting in Doha earlier this month behind Semenya and Niyonsaba, cruised to victory in a relatively slow time of 2:00.87, with Habitam Alemu of Ethiopia in second and Nelly Jepkosgei of Kenya in third.
Olympic - Champion - Semenya - Niyonsaba - Share
Double Olympic champion Semenya and Niyonsaba share a string of Diamond League victories in the distance going back over three years, but both are no longer allowed to compete without taking medication to reduce their testosterone levels.
The IAAF, Athletics’ governing body, has imposed the conditions on female athletes with differences in sexual development (DSDs). Semenya has filed an appeal against the rules to Switzerland’s highest court.
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Earlier in the evening Michael Norman, whose time of 43.45 in Torrence, California last month is the fastest 400 meters in the world this year, held off a strong early challenge from compatriot Rai Benjamin to win in a time of 44.53 in tough conditions.
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