Caster Semenya could miss world championships


JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Olympic silver medalist Caster Semenya appears likely to miss next month's world championships after she was left off an initial list of South African athletes to compete in Moscow.

Athletics South Africa says the team will be finalized on July 29 to give athletes "a last opportunity" to qualify. The 2009 world champion and 2011 silver medalist in the 800 meters has been inactive for much of season with a knee injury and ran this week for the first time since the London Olympics.

Semenya won a lower-level 800 race in Finland on Wednesday in a sluggish 2 minutes, 6.58 seconds. She has only 10 days to clock a qualifying time of 2:00 or better to qualify for the worlds.

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