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SA Runner Brushes Off Gender Row, Blazes to 800m Gold Medal

South African runner Caster Semenya won the 800m womens final at the IAAF World Championships last night, and convincingly so. She was over two seconds clear of the next runner, and her time is the best recorded in the world so far this year. Semenya experienced some controversy three weeks ago, when the IAAF requested her to undergo a gender test. After crossing the finish line last night, her gesture seemed to indicate what she thought of the matter – she crossed her arms and wiped the dirt of her shoulders. Jay Z would have been proud.

Due to the complexity of a gender verification test, the results would not be confirmed for several weeks, consequently the IAAF could not prevent Semenya from competing in last night’s final. It is, however, understood that South Africa came under some informal pressure to consider withdrawing Semenya from the race. Thankfully they stuck to their Glocks and let her run.

Several medical practitioners with titles ending in “ist” are performing further tests on the 18-year old from Polokwane. Doctors believe she could be suffering from a genetic disorder which means she has both male and female chromosomes. No word on when the results will be made public.

Read more of the news article at the Mail Online.

12 replies on “SA Runner Brushes Off Gender Row, Blazes to 800m Gold Medal”

its a difficult call, but i can’t help feeling she’s got more of the male chromosomes.
two seconds is by no means marginal over 800m, its a down right thumping!

whoah! right… caster definitely takes top spot in the femininity stakes.

jarmila looks to be sporting a rather impressive moose knuckle

Saw a photo of her on news24. Geez she has got a six pack and a half on her. Think she will be able to donner me so I will have to call her a boy just to devend myself.

Here’s a little clip of her doing an interview after the semis at the World Champs.

Deep voice or no, apparently she spoke to a reporter from 702 radio, telling her critics to go to hell. :knife:

I feel bad for her because she probably has been mocked all her life. At least she can be finally do something that she can be proud of. Besides, why are they questioning her gender now after she won. If there was a problem, they should have checked her out discreetly before the race instead of embarrassing her after she won.