Caster Semenya seems to be on a mission to have a world record behind her name in every single event from the 600 metres to the 1500m.
The South African already has the women’s 600m world best in the bag and will be looking for another global mark over a rarely run distance when she lines up in the women’s 1 000m race at the Rabat Diamond League meeting in Morocco on Friday.
Semenya will spearhead the country’s charge at Africa’s only Diamond League meeting, with Dominique Scott-Efurd and long jumper Zarck Visser also flying the flag.
Semenya set a world best over the 600m distance in Berlin last year when she raced home in a time of 1:21.77, smashing the previous mark of 1:22.63 held by Cuban athlete Ana Quirot.
The South African clocked a national record of 2:35.43 in Pretoria earlier this year and will have to be at her best if she wants to break Svetlana Masterkova of Russia’s global mark of 2:28.98, an attempt which looks to be on the cards.
Scott-Efurd, meanwhile, made a statement in the women’s 5 000m race at the Diamond League in Eugene earlier this season when she stuck to a well-judged pace, improving her previous personal best by nearly 10 seconds.
Though she was more than 43 seconds off the pace of Ethiopian winner Genzebe Dibaba, who scorched to a fast time of 14:26.89, the consistent South African continued to edge closer to the 15-minute barrier.
She will once again line up against indoor world record holder Dibaba and world champion Hellen Obiri of Kenya over 12-and-a-half laps.
Visser seems to be on the comeback trail after producing a season’s best of 8.40m last month.
He will go up against World Championships silver medallist Jarrion Lawson and former world indoor champion Marquis Dendy of the United States.
Time schedules of SA athletes:
7.55pm – Zarck Visser
10.05pm – Dominique Scott-Efurd
10.38pm – Caster Semenya