Maria Mutola: 'Caster Semenya can win 800m gold'

Mutola: 'Semenya can win 800m gold'
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Maria Mutola feels that South Africa's Caster Semenya is capable of winning gold in the women's 800m.

Former 800m Olympic champion Maria Mutola believes that Caster Semenya is a "contender" to win gold over that distance at the ongoing London Olympics.

Young South African Semenya qualified for tomorrow night's final by winning her semi-final race yesterday evening.

However, despite admitting that Semenya is a "contender" for the top prize, Mutola has warned the 21-year-old that she will face stiff competition in her bid for glory.

"Caster Semenya is one of the contenders," Mutola told BBC Africa.

"Pamela Jelimo from Kenya and the Russians are also very, very capable. I'm looking forward to a good final."

Mutola won gold at the Games in Sydney back in 2000.

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