January 28, 2021

Semenya Triumphs in Paris!

Racing for the first time since a controversial new gender ruling came into effect, Semenya finishes in 5min 38.19 sec ahead of Ethiopia’s Hawi Feysa and Adanech Anbesa, winning the 2,000M race!

(Picture: South Africa’s Caster Semenya competes in the women’s 800m during the IAAF Diamond League competition in Doha on May 3, 2019. Karim Jaafar / AFP – Getty Images file)

By Omphile Seetseng

Caster Semenya makes a victories return to the track on Tuesday night after the Swiss Supreme Court lifted her ban from middle distance events. Her suspension was expected to be enforced again on the 25th of June, following the outcome of her appeal against World Athletics regulations restricting athletes with differences of sexual development or “DSD”.

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The IAAF ruling means Semenya may have to change from her favored 800m. After the race, the double 800m champion vowed not to take testosterone suppressant medication. Semenya clocked 5:38.19 in the five-lap race at the European Outdoor Classic Meeting, crossing just 0.12 outside the National Record held by Zola Budd.

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