Gender Controversy Over Running Champ

South African teenager Caster Semenya shook off a gender-test controversy to win the 800 meters at the world championships with a stunningly dominating run Wednesday.

The 18-year-old Semenya took the lead halfway through the race Wednesday and won in a world-leading 1 minute, 55.45 seconds, beating defending champion Janeth Jepkosgei of Kenya by a massive 2.45 seconds. Jennifer Meadows of Britain took bronze.

The world track and field federation requested the gender test on Semenya about three weeks ago amid speculation she does not meet the requirements to compete as a woman. At the heart of the speculation is Semenya's muscular build and deep voice.


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  • by Anonymous on Aug 20, 2009 at 02:04 PM
    I can't tell whether she is a she from those pics. Everything about the body form, muscles, and facial features screams man. Hmm...this is an interesting situation.
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