Caster Semenya, who has long competed under a cloud owing to elevated testosterone levels that critics say give her an unfair edge, shrugged off the controversy to complete a Commonwealth Games double with victory in the women's 800m yesterday.
"Sometimes you need to enjoy yourself and run your own pace, see if you can maintain it throughout".
"So being able to run that [time] in the Championships in South Africa and then being able to repeat it here, it shows a progress because for us it's all about learning every day; it's all about improvement".
Semenya's time of one minute 56.68 seconds took almost a second off the Games record and will surely convince her to double up at next year's world championships in Doha and perhaps the Olympics that follow in 2020.
Semenya narrowly missed the double at the world championships a year ago, winning the 800m but taking bronze in the longer race.
Elsewhere on the Gold Coast, English tabloid darling Tom Daley captured diving gold before weighing in on gay rights, while 15-year-old shooter Anish Bhanwala became India's youngest ever Commonwealth champion.
The world record has stood since 1983. If not, we go further. We have 5k and 10k, I believe I can still do better in future.
"I'm still 27, when I do my long runs I feel like I can still fit into distance running".
"There are 37 countries in the Commonwealth where it's now illegal to be who I am", he said, calling for that number to come down before the 2022 Birmingham Games.
The packed house would have been expecting to cheer on local Sally Pearson in the 100 metres hurdles when they bought their tickets but were instead treated to top class athletics from Olympic and world champions from further afield.
The 19-year-old home hope was given a bye in the seven-woman competition by the computer-generated draw, propelling her straight into the semi-finals.
"The world record? We can't discuss that because it is still early.we are quite pleased with the performance tonight and obviously we had 1500 [earlier in the week] but we still have a long way to go. Still want to have three, four, five months before I decide if I want a world record or not", she said.