Despite the controversy about hyperandrogenism, our girl Caster Semenya will run at the 2016 Rio Olympics and Mzansi will be behind her all the way.
The moment when athlete Mokgadi Caster Semenya won gold in the women' 800 at the 2009 World Championships with a time of 1:55.45 was one of the SA's proudest. At the 2011 World Championships and the 2012 Summer Olympics, Caster walked away with silver medals.
Caster Mokgadi Semenya
The middle distance runner will be running the 800m on 17 August. The first heat will be at 15:55pm. With the quest for a gold medal, Semenya will be looking to silence critics – we’re behind her all the way.
In 2009, the 25-year-old runner dominated the World Championships when the Internal Association for Athletics Federation raised questions about her gender. The federation implemented rules where Semenya, and other similar athletes, were required to take medication that decreased their levels of the hormone to levels considered “normal” for female athletes. This reduced muscle mass, affecting her performance. That was overturned following an appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport by a different athlete with the same condition.
Semenya has hyperandrogenism, a condition where her testosterone levels are three times than of an average woman, giving her a broad muscular frame. While there are questions by the foreign media on whom she should race against, there are also many who question the meaning of the word ‘normal’ when it comes gauging who an athlete should be allowed to compete against. South Africans have came out in full force to support the golden athlete. She’s also showing mental strength and is ready to show the world what she is made of.
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