Grace under fire: Caster Semenya just does it, breaks SA record

Grace under fire: Caster Semenya just does it, breaks SA record

- Declining to discuss what she calls “nonsense” Caster Semenya simply carried on this week and broke another SA record

- Semenya achieved her personal best in the 1 500m at the opening Diamond League meet of the season on Friday

- The controversial new IAAF rules on regulations to counteract hyperandrogenism pits principles of fair competition against the rights of women born with the condition

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Leaving her detractors in her wake, double Olympic 800m medallist, Caster Semenya raced to victory in a personal best in the 1 500m at the opening Diamond League meet of the season on Friday.

Briefly.co.za gathers she angrily refused to engage with a reporter who asked her to comment on the IAAF’s new regulations to counteract hyperandrogenism.

Meanwhile, IAAF president Sebastian Coe, earlier defiantly spoke against criticism of the new rules, insisting they were "appropriate for the sport".

READ ALSO: Athletics South Africa confirm they’re taking IAAF to court

It seems Semenya, who has maintained her composure and grace throughout months of constant harassment and questioning of her legitimacy in the sport, just wants to keep running.

Seemingly unaffected by the criticism and controversy, she continues to compete and despite any hurdles put in her way, keeps breaking records and achieving better results.

When the new IAAF rules come into effect on November 1, athletes with such as Semenya, with hyperandrogenism, will only be able to compete if they take medication to reduce their levels of male hormones.

The medical condition causes women to produce high levels of male hormones. Critics of the regulation say it is unfairly discriminating against women born with the condition.

They claim some of the distances included in the regulation have not even been shown to be influenced by the increased levels of testosterone. This has caused many to believe the new rules are specifically aimed at discriminating against Semenya.

There are also indications the rule change is not only inherently sexist but also racist as research has indicated it unduly affects darker skinned women from the southern hemisphere.

READ ALSO: Parliament reacts to IAAF's 'sexist' regulations against Caster

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