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South African teen wins 800 ahead of gender-test

BERLIN — Facing questions about her gender, South African teenager Caster Semenya easily won the 800-meter gold medal Wednesday at the world championships.

Semenya’s dominating run came on the same day track and field’s ruling body said she was undergoing a gender test because of concerns she does not meet requirements to compete as a woman.

South Africa team manager Phiwe Mlangeni-Tsholetsane would not confirm or deny that Semenya was having such a test.

“We entered Caster as a woman and we want to keep it that way,” Mlangeni-Tsholetsane said. “Our conscience is clear in terms of Caster. We have no reservations at all about that.”

Semenya took the event in a world-leading 1:55.45 with defending champion Janeth Jepkosgei was second and Jennifer Meadows of Britain was third in 1:57.93.

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  1. Elizabeth Martin

    August 20, 2009 at 1:04 am

    The South Africian 800 meter winner in the Women’s???? final sure had the body and facial structure of a man. I been watching and participating in track and field for over 25 years. I ‘ ve never seen such a world class race won with such a large margin of victory. And, to have such a leap to the top in such a small amount of time. For the sack of the sport I hope the race was won fair and square, but I have my doubts.

    • Thandiwe

      September 26, 2010 at 9:54 am

      You know what, I feel as if this doubt was only brought on by the fact that it was a BLACK woman who won the race. There are so many females who are caucasian and look male. And why is it that people only realised that she looked “male” when she WON the Gold? There was ample time for speculation…. Nonsense.

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