CASTER Semenya smashed her nation's 1,500m document at the Commonwealth Games however controversy over whether or not she must be allowed to compete persists.
Regardless of being cleared to compete, the double Olympic gold medallist has raised considerations that her situation, hyperandrogenism, provides her an unfair benefit…
Who is Caster Semenya?
Born Mokgadi Caster Semenya, 27, is a center-distance runner and 2016 Olympic gold medallist.
The athlete has ranges of testosterone ranges 3 times larger than is anticipated in ladies because of hyperandrogenism.
She has no womb or ovaries, however as an alternative has inner testes due to a chromosomal abnormality.
Semenya identifies as a lady, however some would label her as intersex.
Semenya gained gold in the ladies's 800 metres at the 2009 World Championships in addition to silver medals at the 2011 World Championships and the 2012 Summer time Olympics.
In April 2016, Semenya was the first individual to win all three of the 400m, 800m, and 1500m titles at the South African Nationwide Championships.
She set world-main data of fifty.seventy four and 1:fifty eight.forty five in the first two occasions, and a four:10.ninety three in the 1500m.
In January 2017, Semenya married her longtime companion Violet Raseboya in a glamorous white wedding ceremony ceremony on her personal twenty sixth birthday.
What is hyperandrogenism and might she be stopped from competing?
Hyperandrogenism is when the feminine physique has excessive ranges of male intercourse hormones reminiscent of testosterone.
The circumstances have a tendency to incorporate pimples, seborrhea (infected pores and skin), hair loss on the scalp, elevated physique and /or facial hair and an elevated intercourse drive or libido.
Now, Semenya, is more likely to race (and win) the ladies's 800m on the Gold Coast on April thirteen, however her profession might be delivered to a halt quickly after.
Athletics' international governing, the IAAF, needs to being in new measures limiting the allowed testosterone restrict in the feminine physique by November.
That might imply Semenya would wish to take medicine to convey her ranges down, in response to ABC.
The Courtroom of Arbitration for Sport initially suspended the IAAF's hyperandrogenism laws, Sport 24 reviews.
Why was Caster Semenya investigated?
After profitable gold in the 2009 World Championships by beating her greatest by 4 seconds, Semenya was subjected to gender testing.
She was banned from worldwide competitions for nearly a yr earlier than being cleared by the Worldwide Affiliation of Athletics Federations.
The IAAF consider that each one different hyperandrogenic athletes ought to not compete until they attempt to curb their naturally excessive testosterone ranges.
Following her case, testosterone testing was introduced in to determine instances the place testosterone ranges have been elevated above an arbitrary degree.
If ladies have been over it, they have been required to decrease it with hormone remedy.
However it has confronted authorized challenges from feminine athletes who declare their excessive testosterone ranges are "completely pure" and that the IAAF rule was "discriminatory towards ladies".
How have Semenya's fellow athletes responded to her success?
Britain's Lynsey Sharp reignited the gender "row" over Semenya — and confronted a livid social media backlash – when she took Olympic gold in Rio and set a brand new nationwide report.
Sharp — who completed the ultimate in sixth place — admitted that made it troublesome" to race towards her.
She stated: "I’ve tried to keep away from the concern all yr. You’ll be able to see how emotional all of it was. We all know how one another feels. It is out of our management and how a lot we depend on individuals at the prime sorting it out."
"The general public can see how troublesome it is with the change of rule, however all we will do is give it our greatest."
It was reported that Semenya was supplied with a safety workforce in Rio as a result of considerations the hostility may flip violent.
At the London World Championships this yr she pipped Britain's Laura Muir to a medal beating her at the demise in the 1,500m.
CASTER Semenya smashed her nation's 1,500m report at the Commonwealth Games however controversy over whether or not she must be allowed to compete persists.