Caster Semenya Digs In Heels on IAAF's 800m Ruling
World and Olympic champion Caster Semenya has extended her four-year unbeaten streak in the 800m on Sunday after cruising to victory at the Prefontaine Classic Diamond League athletics meeting at Stanford University in northern California. Semenya has borne the brunt of rulings by the International Association of Athletics Federations on women athletes with raised testosterone levels, which according to the body gives such athletes an "unfair advantage". The body also went on to suggest that Semenya can "participate against male athletes". Semenya has taken her case to the Court of Arbitration and a Swiss tribunal has ruled that she may participate until the finalization of her case. She is adamant that if she cannot participate in her specialist 800m event at the World Championships in Qatar this year, she will not participate at all.
South African two-time Olympic 800-metre champion Caster Semenya has lost her appeal against rules designed to decrease naturally high testosterone levels in some female runners. Read more »
In reaction to the loss of the landmark case, Semenya is quoted by The New York Times as saying, "I know that the IAAF's regulations have always targeted me specifically. For a ... Read more »
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