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Caster Semenya Wins First Race in Return

Caster is back to her winning ways…

Caster Semenya Wins in Return to Track

Caster Semenya won the 800m at a minor meet tonight in Finland, her first competition since the IAAF cleared the South African teen to compete as a woman. Looking happy and relaxed, she comfortably dealt with a larger-than-usual crowd and massive media contingent, the Guardian reports. “I felt more and more comfortable as I started to do my thing,” she said after running a relatively poky 2:04.22—nearly 10 seconds slower than the time that won the world championship a year ago.

“I’m happy to get back to my normal thing,” said Semenya, who missed nearly a year of competition while undergoing gender tests. “I’m not going to say I feel bitter about what happened, because I forgot about that thing a long time ago. It was just good to come back. It’s a new beginning.”

 
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Posted by on July 16, 2010 in News

 

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Caster Semenya – The “Caster Disaster” Continues

Have a feeling we haven’t heard the end of this one. I think maybe the other countries have had a talk with South Africa, and likely oppose Caster competing regardless of the IAAF ruling.  If Caster competes again for South Africa, I would bet it will be in Europe or the US first.

Semenya Not Picked for South Africa Team

Though the IAAF cleared her for competition last Tuesday, Caster Semenya’s year-long absence from racing still isn’t over: The women’s 800m world champion has been left out of South Africa’s team for the African Championships on July 28 in Kenya, after the country’s athletic group determined she wasn’t in good enough shape for it after her long break from racing. The 19-year-old will now work towards the Commonwealth Games in India in October.

Semenya has not raced competitively since gender tests were ordered following her 800m world title win in Berlin last August, BBC reports.

 
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Posted by on July 12, 2010 in News

 

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Is He, or Isn’t She Allowed to Compete? Caster Semenya Saga

Caster Semenya is the South African sprinter who ripped up the women’s 400 and 800 Meter events starting in 2008. Coming out of nowhere, Caster’s times improved markedly, and extremely rapidly.

Due to Caster’s appearance, facial hair, and musculature – other teams cried foul, that Caster wasn’t a woman (Which has happened in the past).

The physical exam and DNA tests provided the most unimaginable answer possible – Caster is both man and woman, a true hermaphrodite, shattering the staid sports world’s neat sexual definitions…

And possibly altering women’s sports forever.

This has led to a complete circus, with plenty of hurt to go around. There is no reason to believe that Caster, or any of her coaches was aware of her condition. Nor is there any reason to believe there has been any sort of underhanded steroid or chemical manipulation. On the other hand, is it fair for Caster to compete against women whose “female” genetic makeup doesn’t give them male muscle mass?

One thing for certain – the only people in the world dumber than politicians at handling difficult issues…

Is Sports Governing authorities.

Caster Semenya athletics future thrown into confusion after press conference cancelled

Caster Semenya

Caster Semenya saga hits new low

South African sports minister Makhenkesi Stofile was forced into an embarrassing climb-down on the eve of the World Cup on Thursday after being ordered to cancel a high-profile announcement that Caster Semenya had been cleared to compete again in women’s races.

Stofile, who warned last year of “Third World War” if the 800 metres world champion was barred from competition on gender grounds, had called a news conference in Johannesburg to announce that the 19 year-old was free to resume her athletics career following the conclusion of a nine-month gender inquiry by the International Association of Athletics Federations.

It later emerged that the IAAF had been forced to intervene, complaining that Stofile had jumped the gun and that its long-running gender investigation had yet to be completed. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on June 10, 2010 in Nawwwwww!

 

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Caster Semenya is a “He”… And a “She”

Caster's Makeover

Caster's Makeover

World 800-meter champion Caster Semenya of South Africa has male and female sexual organs, the Sydney Morning Herald said on Friday, posing an ethical and political quandary for athletics’ ruling body.

The Herald said extensive physical examinations of 18-year-old Semenya ordered by the IAAF have shown she is technically a hermaphrodite.

Medical reports indicate she has no ovaries, but rather has internal male testes, which are producing large amounts of testosterone.

The newspaper said the IAAF was trying to contact Semenya to inform her of the results. After dominating her race at the world titles in Berlin last month, Semenya was given blood and chromosome tests as well as a gynecological examination.

“This is a medical issue and not a doping issue where she was deliberately cheating,” IAAF spokesman Nick Davies was quoted as saying by the newspaper.

“These tests do not suggest any suspicion of deliberate misconduct but seek to assess the possibility of a potential medical condition which would give Semenya an unfair advantage over her competitors. There is no automatic disqualification of results in a case like this.”

The IAAF has said Semenya would probably keep her medal because the case was not related to a drug matter. But the Herald said an alternative possibility was to award a second gold to the runner-up, Janeth Jepkosgei from Kenya.

 
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Posted by on September 10, 2009 in Nawwwwww!

 

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Plaxico Burress and Caster Semenya

Seems to be a slow news day so far, with everyone exhausted by the Town Hall loonie-toons. So following up on Usain Bolt’s amazing performance, a quick roundup, proving that the world of athletics can be just as crazy as politics.

First up – The case of Plaxico Burress –

Plaxico Burress

Plaxico Burress

Former New York Giant Plaxico Burress pleaded guilty to a weapons charge and agreed to a two-year prison term for accidentally shooting himself at a Manhattan nightclub.

Now, I gotta believe Plaxico’s case is some kind of first. I mean – how many black men have every been convicted…

For shooting themselves?

I mean – in some parts of this country the Police would probably give the guy a medal…

For saving them ammunition.

Fortunately for Plaxico, he was carrying his piece in a hip or side holster, instead of a belly holster. And yeah, this is one of those questions similar to a bespoke tailor asking you “On which side do you dress?”

The belly holster, favored by conservative gun crazies in that it keeps their two most treasured possessions in close proximity, has a drawback…

At my gun club it’s called a “Hillbilly Vasectomy”. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on August 21, 2009 in The Post-Racial Life

 

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