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Flag-bearer Semenya ready to represent

Former 800 metres world champion Caster Semenya says she is ready to compete and win.

Caster Semenya, 800m medallist prospect, at a press conference at the Team SA media centre at Copthorne Hotel. Picture: Wessel Oosthuizen/ SA Sports Picture Agency.

LONDON - Former 800 metres world champion Caster Semenya on Friday said she is ready to compete and win at the London 2012 Olympics.

She was speaking at a media briefing at South African Sport Confederation and Olympic Committee (Sascoc)'s base in London, ahead of the opening ceremony.

Semenya will be the flag-bearer for Team South Africa.

The athlete said she was physically and mentally prepared, despite average performances and concerns about her form.

In the 800 metres, she won gold and silver at the last two world championships.

The 21-year-old said she was not expecting to carry the South African flag, but now has a responsibility to meet the team and do her bit.

While there has been talk of 12 medals, Semenya hopes the team comes home with double that figure.

(Edited by Zethu Zulu)


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