Russia's Mariya Savinova Dominates Women's 800m, Caster Semenya Wins Silver

A pair of Russians reached the podium in the women's 800m, with Mariya Savinova winning the race easily while South African Caster Semenya showed she was more than an interesting side story at the Olympics by taking silver.

Semenya had endured a humiliating process that saw authorities question her gender after winning gold in the 2009 World Championships. She was eventually allowed to compete, taking silver in the 2011 edition of the World Championships and following up by doing the same in London. However, she was no match for Savinova: the Russian had taken gold in those 2011 World Championships and repeated here, putting more than a second between herself and Semenya, winning in 1:56.19.

American Alysia Montaño took fifth in the race.

Here's the podium and times:

Gold: Mariya Savinova, Russia, 1:56.19

Silver: Caster Semenya, South Africa, 1:57.23

Bronze: Ekaterina Poistogova, Russia, 1:57.53

For more on the Olympics, check out SB Nation's London 2012 Olympics Hub.

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