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.
“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.
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