Wow. That was, as we say in this business, absolutely stacked, and depending on what you think of Caster Semenya the race which may help dismiss the suggestion she is running with an unfair advantage over other women.
Because these were unquestionably the best 1,500m women in the world, and even though an 800m specialist, Semenya was no match for them all, finishing third behind Faith Kipyegon from Kenya, the reigning Olympic champion who now has the World title to go with it.
Semenya was finishing faster than anyone, the South African woman running a 57.8-second last lap and several metres down coming into the homestretch, only the finish line came too soon – Kipyegon winning in 4:02.59, the American Jenny Simpson also closing fast to win silver in 4:02.76, to Semenya’s 4:02.90.
Two years ago, at the 2015 World Championships in Beijing and competing with that rule in place, Semenya finished in last place in her 800m semi-final, running 2:03.18. Perhaps CAS were even watching this too, because there is also the suggestion the IAAF won’t have enough evidence to overturn the ruling, Semenya’s defeat here possibly playing some role in that.
Semenya likely has three more races to run; the 800m heats on Thursday, semi-finals the next day, and the final on Sunday. Muir, too, is back later in the week to run the 5,000m.