Caster Semenya wins the 2000m in France in midst of IAAF battle

Caster Semenya wins the 2000m in France in midst of IAAF battle

- Caster Semenya was victorious in the 2000m at the Meeting de Montreuil

- Her victory comes in the midst of her legal battle with the IAAF

- It is Semenya's first win since the May 8 rules change that would requires XY chromosome athletes to medically lower their testosterone levels to compete in the female category

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Caster Semenya won the 2000m in Montreuil, France, on Tuesday.

This was Semenya's first race since the IAAF rules change came into effect, which would force XY chromosome athletes to medically lower their testosterone levels in order to compete in the women's category. 

Semenya finished the race in 5 minutes, 38.19 seconds.

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The new gender rules, which came into effect on May 8, applies only to races from 400m to the mile. 

Semenya challenged the rulings, by the Court of Arbitration for Sport ruled against her last month, according to Eyewitness News. 

However, the double 800m Olympic gold medalist has since lodged an appeal with the Swiss federal supreme court.

Until the appeal can be concluded, the court suspended the rules change, meaning that Semenya can compete - for the time being.

Semenya's career hinges on the outcome of the appeal.

Nevertheless, she has been selected for the South African team for the athletics world championships to be held in Doha next month. However, it remains to be seen whether she will be eligible to compete in her preferred distances.

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Speaking about the legal battle concerning the rules change, Semenya told BBC Sport, "I am a talented athlete, I am not worried."

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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