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Caster Semenya, 800m women World Champ, to undergo gender testing
  • August 21st, 2009

Track and field officials have ordered 18-year-old Caster Semenya to undergo gender testing. On Wednesday she cruised to victory in the 800 meter race at world championships in Berlin.

Caster Semenya (born 7 January 1991 in Pietersburg) is a South African middle-distance runner.

Semenya won gold in the 800 m at the 2009 World Championships in Athletics with a time of 1:55.45 in the final, a personal best and the fastest time in the world that year.

In August 2009, amid growing speculation, the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) conducted a gender verification test in the weeks before the 800 m event at the World Championships.

The results of the test have not yet been published. Semenya states she is unconcerned about the test and rumours. Reaction in South Africa towards the IAAF’s actions has been mainly negative, and a number of athletes, including Michael Johnson, have criticized the way that the governing body handled the situation.

The head of Athletics South Africa and Caster’s family have dismissed the speculation.


Posted by Uncle Sha.
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