Savinova wins women's 800 at worlds, Semenya 2nd

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DAEGU, South Korea (AP) -- Mariya Savinova of Russia won the women's 800 meters at the world championships Sunday, coming from behind to beat defending champion Caster Semenya.

Janeth Jepkosgei of Kenya, the 2007 world champion, won the bronze.

Semenya took the lead with 200 meters to go but could not keep her pace, letting Savinova slip through to finish in a world leading 1 minute, 55.87 seconds.

Semenya crossed in 1:56.35 and Jepkosgei finished in 1:57.42.

A silver was still a good result for the beaming Semenya. A gender controversy after her title at the 2009 worlds in Berlin resulted in the South African missing a year of competition.