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One last chance for Semenya

Athletics SA's Chairman is confident Caster Semenya can qualify for the World Championships.

Caster Semenya, 800m medallist prospect. Pic: Wessel Oosthuizen/ SA Sports Picture

CAPE TOWN - Former world 800m champion Caster Semenya will make one final attempt to qualify for the World Championships in Moscow.

Semenya will compete in Belgium on Sunday - a mere 24 hours before the 29 July qualifying deadline.

She'll need to run a time of 2:01, thee seconds faster than her fastest time in 2013.

Earlier in July, Athletics South Africa (ASA) named a provisional squad of 30 athletes, with Semenya being the most notable omission.

ASA president James Evans says they believe she'll make it.

"The one problem with Caster is you never know which Caster is going to arrive. If the right Caster arrives she'll probably run a 1:56. I'm pretty confident she's got the ability but the conditions must be right and she'll do it."

Evans says Semenya has steadily improved in 2013 but might be short of competition time heading into the qualifying race.

"She's been out for the whole of this year with that [knee] injury. You can put it together in training but that doesn't mean you're going to do it in racing conditions. So it normally takes two or three races to get back into racing form."

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