In Berlin last week, Caster Semenya was one of the few gold medallists who struggled to find a smile on the podium. But the 18-year-old who returned to South Africa yesterday was remarkably confident despite having become perhaps the most controversial figure in the world today.

She even managed a shy smile, which momentarily lit up her undoubtedly boyish face, as she faced a huge crowd all eager to assure her, with no particular evidence but a great deal of warmth, that she was not only a great champion but also definitely female in gender.

But there were signs to raise a doubt or two even in the breast of the more impartial sports fan. Semenya’s voice was deep and mannish, and there was much discussion of her muscular build and facial hair….Read More

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