Semenya Out Of Commonwealth Games

  • By Mario Fraioli
  • Published Sep. 29, 2010

South African star succumbs to undisclosed back injury.

After a successful return to the track this summer following an 11-month hiatus due to a controversy surround her gender, reigning women’s 800-meter world champion Caster Semenya of South Africa has withdrawn from next week’s Commonwealth Games in Delhi, India due to an undisclosed back problem.

“It would serve no purpose to have an athlete in Delhi who was struggling with any sort of injury that would compromise performance,” explained team doctor Shuaib Manjra.

Semenya, who won the 800 meters in a meet record 1:55.45 at last summer’s IAAF World Championships in Berlin, posted a season’s best of 1:58.16 in Milan earlier this month.

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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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