Caster Semenya will target a sub-two minute race in the women’s 800 metres final at this weekend’s SA Senior Championships in Port Elizabeth, her coach, Maria Mutola, said on Wednesday.
Mutola, the three-time world 800 metres champion, said it was vital for her charge to run the two-lap race below two minutes ahead of the European track season, in preparation for the London Olympic Games in July.
“We are looking for anything under two minutes on Saturday,” Mutola said.
“If she runs two-something it could be a problem confidence-wise.
“If we go to Europe with anything under two minutes it would be a good thing.”
In her first 800m race of the season, Semenya clocked 2:03.60, missing the Olympic qualifying standard of 1:59.90 at a Yellow Pages Series meeting in Potchefstroom in March.
The 21-year-old set her first qualifying mark at last year’s IAAF World Championships in Daegu, South Korea, where she won the silver medal in a time of