Semenya Won’t Run African Championships

World 800-meter champion fails fitness test, will aim to compete at Commonwealth Games instead.

Reigning women’s world 800-meter champion Caster Semenya of South Africa, who last week was cleared to return to competition after a year-long controversy surrounding her gender, will not take the track at the African Championships in Kenya at the end of July, it was announced on Sunday.

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“After consultation between Athletics South Africa and her coach, Michael Seme, it was agreed that she [Semenya] will work toward qualifying for the Commonwealth Games in India in October,” Athletics South Africa said in a statement.

The decision to keep Semenya from competing at the African Championships was made after the 19-year-old failed mandatory fitness tests last week.

For more: The Guardian UK

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