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Semenya Won’t Run African Championships

  • By Mario Fraioli
  • Published Jul. 12, 2010

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.

For more: The Guardian UK

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Mario Fraioli

Mario Fraioli

Mario Fraioli is a senior editor at Competitor magazine. A cross-country All-American at Stonehill College in 2003, he now coaches the Prado Women's Racing Team in San Diego and was the men's marathon coach for Costa Rica's 2012 Olympic team. His first book, The Official Rock 'n' Roll Guide To Marathon & Half-Marathon Training (VeloPress, 2013) is available in bookstores, running shops and online.

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