IAAF Clears Caster Semenya To Compete

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Gender tests result in reinstatement of women’s 800-meter world champion.

The International Association of Athletics Federation said in a release on its website on Tuesday that it “accepts the conclusion of a panel of medical experts that she can compete with immediate effect” in the controversial case of South African 800-meter world champion Caster Semenya. The organization also stated that “medical details of her case remain confidential and the IAAF will have no further comment on the matter.”

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Semenya came under harsh criticism from her competitors, opposing coaches and fans after her rapid improvement last summer and dominating performance at the World Championships in Berlin, where she ran a world-leading 1:55.45 in winning the women’s 800 meters. In the months before those world championships, Semenya took nearly seven seconds off her 800-meter personal best. Tuesday’s announcement ends months of speculation regarding the gender of the 19-year old, who has not competed since last summer’s championships.

For more: IAAF.org.

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