Caster Semenya is one of the most controversial cases at the Olympics. The 25-year old South African was feared to likely have an unusual advantage over her co-female competitors.
At the moment, Semenya has effortlessly won the 800 meter heat; hence qualified for the semi-finals of the women championship at the Rio Olympics.
Caster Semenya has a hormonal condition called hyperandrogenism. This causes the unusual increase of testosterone level in her system, making her characteristics more masculine than feminine.
Last month, Semenya proved to be the fastest 800 meter runner in 8 years. According to Telegraph, “she clocked 1 minute, 55.33 seconds at the Diamond League meeting in Monaco”; and “no other female athlete has broken 1 minute, 56 sec for almost 5 years.”
As a result of the above, the International Association of Athletics Federations(LAAF) banned her after winning her 2009 championship. They were concerned that it will appear as though she would be a natural cheat if she won any of the women championships.
The African middle-distance runner was subjected to a gender test. In 2010, she was cleared by CAS- Court of Arbitration for Sports. Ever since she has been a formidable force.
“In April she won the 400m, 800m and 1500m at the South African Olympic trials in the same afternoon, without looking remotely challenged.”– BBC
There are still concerns over the lift of her ban by IAAF. There are still diverse opinions about her participation at the Olympics. Funny enough the champ could not care any less. She is set to make yet another history in the world of athletics.
In 2008, the SA athlete won the gold in the 800 meters at the 2008 Commonwealth Youth Games with a time of 2:04.23
Semenya Caster was the winner of the 2009 World Championships in the women’s 800 meters at the with a time of 1:55.45 in the final.
Caster won silver medals at the 800 meters 2011 World Championships and the 2012 Summer Olympics consecutively.