One step closer to glory - Semenya wins 800m #Olympics2016 semi-final heat

Caster Semenya has qualified for the 800m final with the fastest time.

South Africa’s Caster Semenya, and Britain’s Lynsey Sharp compete in the Women’s 800m Semifinal during the athletics event at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Olympic Stadium in Rio de Janeiro on 18 August, 2016. Picture: AFP.

JOHANNESBURG - Caster Semenya has won her women's 800m semi-final heat at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games to qualify for Saturday's final.

Semenya crossed the line in a time of 1 minute 58.15 seconds to qualify with the fastest time from the semi-final heats.

Britain's Lynsey Sharp finished second. American Kate Grace - in third - and Bulgaria's Marina Arzamasova joined Semenya and Sharp as the race's four qualifiers.

On Wednesday, Semenya won her opening 800m race in a time of 1:59.31.

She is heavily favoured to win gold in Rio, with commentators touting her "to do something special".

When asked about breaking world records on Wednesday, Semenya said she was more focused on enjoying her championship and running well.

"Times don't matter in championships, what matters is a medal."

Media, mostly international, and a number of her competitors have raised questions about Semenya's physicality and her eligibility to compete in women's events at the Games, causing South Africans to rally behind the athlete on social media, under the hashtag #HandsOffCaster

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