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Caster Semenya: Latest News
Dana Sanchez, 5:26 pm
South Africans supported Semenya overwhelmingly on social media with the hashtag #handsoffcaster during the Rio Olympics. She experienced open hostility and protests from other runners who said the race was unfair because they were competing against a man. Semenya was born without ovaries. Instead she has internal testes and testosterone levels three times higher than most women. “If I was a woman 800-meter runner right now, I’d be looking to change careers,” a sports scientist said. SA is the only African country where same-sex marriage is legal.
Peter Pedroncelli, 10:32 am
South Africa’s Wayde van Niekerk is in line for the most prestigious international athletics accolade after being confirmed as one three finalists for the men’s award of the 2016 International Association of Athletics Federations Athlete of the Year. The Olympic 400m champion and world record holder was named on Wednesday alongside Jamaican Usain Bolt and Mo Farah of Great Britain.
Peter Pedroncelli, 6:38 am AFKI Original
A selection of South African and Kenyan athletes have been included in the list of nominees for the 2016 International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) World Athlete of the Year awards. A list of 10 men and 10 women was revealed by the world athletics body this week, including the likes of sprint king Usain Bolt and Britain’s Mo Farah.
Peter Pedroncelli, 6:18 am AFKI Original
Track stars Wayde van Niekerk and Caster Semenya were the star performers during a spectacular 2016 season for South African athletics. Semenya closed out a superb campaign last week with her maiden victory in an international 400m race at the IAAF Diamond League final in Brussels, clocking a career best of 50.40 seconds, after winning the 800m race at the penultimate leg of the series to lift the overall crown.
Peter Pedroncelli, 4:41 am AFKI Original
South African star athlete Caster Semenya will make her 400m international debut this week at the final 2016 Diamond League meeting in Brussels, with a view to potentially adding that event to her specialist 800m race. The 25-year-old won the gold medal and Diamond League trophy this year in her favoured 800m event, and adding the 400m to her repertoire could lead to further glory.
Peter Pedroncelli, 6:38 am AFKI Original
South African athletics hero Caster Semenya is fresh off of her stunning gold medal win at the Olympic Games in Rio, but she is not taking time to rest as the 800m specialist prepares to go for victory in the Zurich leg of the 2016 Diamond League series on Thursday. The Diamond League series is an annual 14-meeting track and field event that brings together the best athletes in the world for events held throughout the globe.
Kevin Mwanza, 8:40 am AFKI Original
The 31st edition of the Olympic Game ended on Sunday, August 21, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. They were the first Olympic Games to be held in Latin America. African teams had mixed fortunes of victorious, shameful and controversial moments in the three-week sporting bonanza. Below are 12 good and bad things that the continent’s representatives experienced at the games.
Kevin Mwanza, 7:56 am
Caster Semenya, a South African athlete who has for years stirred controversy over her gender, rallied her nation together on the last day of the Rio Olympics after winning gold in the Women’s 800 meters final. However, as South Africans celebrate an historic gold in the race, the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) said that it will go back to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) to have testosterone-limiting rules reinstated
Peter Pedroncelli, 2:29 am
South African athlete Caster Semenya lived up to her 2016 Olympic Games potential by winning the women’s 800m final in Rio to earn South Africa’s second gold medal of the competition, and Team SA’s tenth in total. In doing so, Semenya broke the South African national 800m record on Saturday night with a calculated run that saw her winning it with her final 300m sprint to move comfortably ahead of her competitors.
Dana Sanchez, 8:05 pm
Allowing athletes to compete in women’s sport with testosterone advantage threatens the very fabric of women’s sport, says Johanna Harper, an athlete and scientist who is transgender. Semenya refers to her critics as haters. In one tweet, Semenya says, “I truly believe haters are my motivators.” A Semenya fan tweeted, “I know Caster Semenya is a woman because people are trying to control her body. The ANC tweeted: “She remains a hero to many in SA and we will defend her from skewed conceptions of femininity in sport.”
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