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Semenya wins 800 in return

Caster Semenya won her first race since being cleared to return to competition after undergoing gender tests, winning the 800 meters on Thursday against a weak field but in front of a supportive crowd at the Lappeenranta Games in Finland.

The South African won in a time of 2 minutes, 4.22 seconds, almost 10 seconds slower than the national record she set when she won gold at the world championships in Berlin in August in 1:55.45.

Semenya, though, was happy with her performance at the low-key meet.

"To come and run a 2:04 is not easy, especially after what happened," Semenya said. "I was a little bit nervous because it has been a long time not competing. … It's a new beginning."

•Jamaican sprinters Usain Bolt and Asafa Powell go head-to-head for the first time this year in the 100 meters at the Diamond League meet in Paris on Friday. … Seven American runners will find out Friday if they have won back Olympic relay medals stripped from them because of doping by teammate Marion Jones.

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