- Caster Semenya broke her own 800m South African record at the IAAF Diamond League in Paris on Saturday
- South Africa’s golden girl put recent controversies behind her in emphatic style
- Semenya clocked the fourth fastest ever time by a female athlete in the event when she finished with a time of 1:55.16
Caster Semenya has brushed aside controversies and fights with the IAAF to break her own South African 800m record. Semenya ran a time of 1:54.25 at the IAAF Diamond League event in Paris on Saturday, the fourth fastest ever time by a female athlete.
Her time was under a second away from the 35-year old world record of 1:53.28 which is held by Jarmila Kratochvilova.
Semenya is currently engaged in a legal bid to have the IAAF’s new ruling on testosterone levels in certain female athletes declared unlawful.
Briefly.co.za gathered that if the IAAF’s ruling is introduced on 1 November 2018, Semenya and other ‘hyper-androgynous’ female athletes will be forced to undergo chemical treatment to lower their natural testosterone levels.
Semenya has challenged the introduction of the new rule with the International Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS). She argues that the ruling is in breach of the IAAF’s own anti-discrimination charter.
Sport24.com reported that Semenya made her debut at the Paris event on Saturday.
Athletics South Africa (ASA) has thrown its support behind Semenya and recently told the IAAF that it would support Semenya on the grounds that the rule discriminates against certain female athletes on the basis of natural physical characteristics and/or gender.
Semenya has been unbeaten in the 800m event since 2015 when she failed to qualify for the finals of the World Championship in Beijing.
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