Semenya wins comeback race in Finland

Last Updated: Fri, Jul 16, 2010 06:43 hrs

Lappeenranta, Finland: Caster Semenya won her first race since being cleared to return to competition after undergoing gender tests, winning the 800 meters on Thursday in a modest time against a weak field at a low-key meet.

The 19-year-old South African won the 800 meters in 2 minutes, 4.22 seconds at the Lappeenranta Games -- a long way off the 1:55.45 Semenya clocked when she won the gold medal at the world championships in Berlin 11 months ago.

Semenya, though, was happy with her time after a such a long absence.

"To come and run a 2:04 is not easy, especially after what happened," Semenya said. "I was a little bit nervous because it has been a long time not competing."

"It's a new beginning," she added.

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