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Caster Semenya finishes season by breaking 600m record

The three-time 800m world champion won the race in 1 minute 21.77 seconds, 0.86 seconds faster than Ana Fidelia Quirot’s record set in 1997.

World 800m champion Caster Semenya. Picture: AFP

JOHANNESBURG - World and Olympic champion Caster Semenya capped off the perfect season by breaking the world record in the rarely-run 600m race in a meeting in Berlin on Sunday.

The three-time 800m world champion won the race in 1 minute 21.77 seconds, 0.86 seconds faster than Ana Fidelia Quirot’s record set in 1997.

She added the milestone to her newly attained world title, which she won at the IAAF World Championships in London earlier this month, the bronze medal she picked up in the 1500m at the same championships and the defence of her Diamond League title in the 800.

The 26-year-old joins her compatriot Wayde van Niekerk in holding the world record in an unusual distance, Van Niekerk smashed the time in the 300m last month in his build-up to the 400m world title and 200m silver medal at the World Champs.

Semenya will touch down in the country on Tuesday morning after a successful six-month season.