South African 800 metres world champion Caster Semenya has shrugged off talk of injury, weight issues and a rift in her camp to declare herself ready to defend her title in Daegu, South Korea early next month. Local media reports suggested Semenya and her coach Michael Seme had fallen out and also claimed that the 20-year-old was overweight, but the runner's management team dispelled the rumours.
"The recent media reports that Caster Semenya is not ready to defend her world 800m title are untrue," Semenya's management team said in a statement on Thursday.
"Semenya remains disciplined, focused and excited about representing South Africa at the World Championship in South Korea. These rumours are seen as attempts to discourage and distract her from her glorious quest for gold.”
Olympic hero commits suicide
NICE: Former French pole-vaulter Pierre Quinon, who won the gold medal at the Los Angeles Olympics in 1984, has died in an apparent suicide, the French Athletics Federation (FAF) said on Thursday.
Quinon, who was 49 and known to suffer from depression, fell from a window late on Wednesday on the island of Hyeres. He did not leave a suicide note. "It is with great sadness that the FAF and the family of French athletics has learned of the death last evening, at the age of 49 years, of Pierre Quinon, Olympic pole-vault champion," the Federation said.