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Semenya happy to resume career O'Brien eyes World title after hitting 1,000 runs

ATHLETICS: Caster Semenya has spoken of her delight at being able to return to the track after the International Association of Athletics Federations gave her the all-clear to resume running.

The 19-year-old has not competed in 11 months following the furore over her gender that erupted with her victory in the 800m at last year's World Championships in Berlin.

But today's IAAF statement read: "The IAAF accepts the conclusion of a panel of medical experts that she can compete with immediate effect."

While Semenya has not confirmed when she will return to the track, it is likely that the World Junior Championships in Canada this month and October's Commonwealth Games will be among her key targets.

Semenya said: "I am thrilled to enter the global athletics arena once again and look forward to competing with all the disputes behind me."



Record-breaker Mahut back to winning ways

Tennis: Nicolas Mahut returned to winning ways yesterday as he put his heartbreaking Wimbledon defeat to John Isner behind him.

The 28-year-old Frenchman was beaten 70-68 in the deciding set of his first-round clash against American Isner at the All England Club, playing his part in the longest match in professional tennis history.

Yesterday he began his campaign at the Campbell's Hall of Fame Tennis Championships in Rhode Island, with a 6-3 1-6 6-3 win over Colombian left-hander Alejandro Falla.



O'Brien eyes World title after hitting 1,000 runs

CRICKET: Dubliner Kevin O'Brien is looking to add another World League Division 1 title to his collection after becoming only the second Ireland player to pass the 1,000-run landmark in one-day internationals.

The Railway Union all-rounder joined William Porterfield in an elite club during his gritty 41no against Scotland on Monday, and was hoping to close the gap on his absent skipper's 1,199 runs against Canada today in Amsterdam.

FORMULA ONE: Korean Grand Prix organisers have insisted that preparations for the country's inaugural Formula One race will be completed on time.

South Korea is set to stage its maiden F1 race on October 24 at a state-of-the-art circuit that is being developed at a total cost of more than £215m on the country's south-west coast.

CRICKET: Pakistan completed a second Twenty20 victory over Australia in as many days in Birmingham yesterday.

Pakistan won by 11 runs to clinch the two-match series.


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