Rumour Mill: “What They Say You Is?”

Wednesday, August 19th, 2009


IS SHE a he? That is the question being asked at the world athletics championships about South Africa’s 800m gold medal favourite Caster Semenya.

 

The 18-year-old 800m gold medal favourite has burst on to the world scene in recent months, with her appearance, including obvious facial hair, and muscular build igniting speculation about her gender.
The IAAF is aware of the issue and has conducted physical tests and genetic screening to try to determine the legitimacy of Semenya’s gender.

 

An overnight meeting of officials in Berlin was expected to determine whether she takes her place in tomorrow morning’s 800m final.

 

Semenya announced her arrival at last month’s African junior titles, running 1min 56.72sec, which was more than seven seconds faster than her best the previous year.

 

Semenya, who hails from a remote part of the Limpopo province, clocked 1:58.66 to win her semi-finals yesterday, relegating Kenyan world champion Janeth Jepkosgei to third.

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