Semenya, Heidler win at Dakar Grand Prix



DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — World champion Caster Semenya won the women’s 800 meters at the Dakar Grand Prix on Saturday, clocking her fastest time of the season in her first international race of 2011.

The South African led the field throughout in the IAAF World Challenge meet at Leopold Sedar Senghor Stadium, finishing in 2 minutes, 0.61 seconds — more than a second quicker than her previous best this year.

World record-holder Betty Heidler won the women’s hammer throw with an effort of 75.33 meters. However, the German couldn’t get close to the 79.42 she threw to set a new world mark a week ago.

Former Olympic 200-meter champion Shawn Crawford of the United States took the men’s 200 in 20.58 seconds, while Aziz Ouhadi of Morocco won the 100 in 10.09.