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Peerless Semenya denies Kenya gold in women's 800m

Peerless Semenya denies Kenya gold in women's 800m

"She was a friend and always told me to be myself, to love myself - don't listen to the noise, don't entertain nonsense", said Semenya, who has a condition known as hyperandrogenism.

Semenya left Kenya's Margaret Nyairera Wambui for dead coming off the final bend to win with plenty to spare as Jamaica's Natoya Goule took bronze. When I go back they know what I'm doing.

While questions persist over whether Semenya should even be allowed to take the field, the runner revealed that the brickbats were a form of motivation for her. She added that she had learnt to deal with the negativity surrounding her. "Still want to have three, four, five months before I decide if I want a world record or not", she said.

Meanwhile Kenyan Conseslus Kipruto, the reigning 3000m steeplechase Olympic and world champion, completed his collection of championships crowns with the easiest win of the Gold Coast athletics meet. "It's not about what other people think of me, it's about how I think of myself".

"I'm still young - just turned 27".

In the women's shot put a good little one beat a great big one when New Zealander Dame Valerie Adams was denied a fourth straight Commonwealth Games gold medal by Jamaican Danniel (correct) Thomas-Dodd.

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After competing in seven disciplines in two days, England's Katarina Johnson-Thompson won the heptathlon with 6255 points, a margin of 122 over silver-medalist Nina Schultz of Canada.

That cheer might have gone to Gold Coast golden girl Sally Pearson had the world 100m hurdles champion not been forced to drop out of the Games with an Achilles injury.

Daley's gold medal in the 10-metre synchro diving with Daniel Goodfellow was followed by an impassioned plea for several Commonwealth countries to relax their anti-gay stance.

A 15-year-old Indian shooter hit 30 of 40 targets to set a games record in winning gold in the men's 25-meter rapid-fire pistol.

Earlier in her nine-year worldwide career, South Africans were wary that Semenya was not running her hardest for fear that decisive wins would make her even more heavily scrutinised.

The women's bowls pair Colleen Piketh and Nicolene Neal won silver after a nail biting final against Malaysia.