Semenya returns with easy win

2010-07-15 19:48

Johannesburg - Caster Semenya won her first race since being cleared to return to competition after underdoing gender tests, winning the 800m on Thursday in a modest time against a weak field at a low-key meet.

The 19-year-old South African won the 800m in 2 minutes, 4.22 seconds at the Lappeenranta Games in Finland - a long way off the 1:55.45 Semenya clocked when she won the gold medal at the world championships in Berlin 11 months ago.

Semenya, though, was happy with her time after a such a long absence.

"To come and run a 2:04 is not easy, especially after what happened," Semenya said. "I was a little bit nervous because it has been a long time not competing."

"It's a new beginning," she added.

Semenya, who started in lane 4, was level with most of her competition before pulling away on the home straight to beat a weak field.

Mari Jarvenpaa of Finland finished second in 2:04.71 and Olha Yekymenko of the Ukraine third in 2:05.

Semenya is aiming to be in gold medal contention at October's Commonwealth Games in New Delhi, India.

It was as an 18-year-old in Berlin that Semenya burst onto the scene when she won in her first appearance at a major final. Her dramatic improvement in times and muscular appearance led the International Association of Athletics Federations to order gender tests.

This sparked outrage in South Africa, where she had returned home a national hero after a stunning victory. Public officials rallied behind her and her lawyers entered into negotiations with the IAAF that lasted 10 months.

Semenya refused to criticise the IAAF and said she can run faster than she did in Berlin.

"Maybe it was good for me to rest after I ran my fastest time last year," Semenya said. "I'm still young, the muscles are still developing, so yeah, I can run faster than that."

Semenya was left off South Africa's team for the upcoming African championships after failing a fitness test the day after she was cleared by the IAAF to continue running as a woman.

South African 400m hurdles champion Cornel Fredericks was also victorious in his event, setting a career best of 48.99 seconds.

Kazuaki Yashida of Japan was second in 50.45, with nobody else in the field breaking 52 seconds.

Teenage long jump sensation Luvo Manyonga was fourth in his event, leaping 8.04m with his first attempt of the evening. The distance fell 15cm short of the 8.19m African junior record he set in Bottrop, Germany last week.

Semenya, who has set her sights on winning the Commonwealth Games title in New Delhi, India in October, will compete again at the Lapinlahti Games in Finland on Sunday.


  • edwin - 2010-07-15 19:55

    well done Caster, GO GO GIrl.

  • George - 2010-07-15 20:03

    I am surprised that the women athletes are still prepared to run against Semenya......................

  • Karl - 2010-07-15 20:04

    U see even with the testosterone inhibiting drugs she can still run! I dont feel sorry for her, i feel sorry for the people that have to be so nasty to her (which is sure to follow this post) because she is still human & they are still their pathetic selves! But its all good, Karma has a funny way of sorting out hypocrites & @ssholes, whether they believe in it or not! To those people just pay attention to your life when you r Disgusting against another human...just pay attention & you will see 4 urself! Enjoy!

  • Tracy - 2010-07-15 20:11

    @george She has been cleared to run by the IAAF after intensive deliberations. What a fantastic spirit this girl has, I celebrate her victory! Please take your negative spirit somewhere else ...

  • Lx - 2010-07-15 20:16

    you cant keep a good man down

  • Ben Hawkins - 2010-07-15 20:23

    For someone that did not run/exercise for 11 months and still win....................they are b@llshitting the world. This is apples and peares........she should not be running gainst normal woman, because her genes are not that of a woman....period!!!!!! If this run today dont proof it then there is a lot of people higher up with blinkers.

  • Gerrit - 2010-07-15 20:24

    Nicely done, Semenya, lets wait and see what the girls behind you are going to say. Hopefully no protests.

  • Lee - 2010-07-15 20:24

    Well done Caster!! You've done us proud.

  • Ayanda - 2010-07-15 20:28

    you go Caster. and India here she comes

  • DC@Ben Hawkins - 2010-07-15 20:43

    You are the same as those Australians who taught they were going to be the plan B for the world cup. Patriotism is something you do not have. Tell me Mr period!!! what would you have done if your daughter was is this very same position and wanted to compete. I am sure you would support her all they way, so why not do the same for a fellow South African? Who are you to judge. But anyway, what you say, does not matter, so carry on being a Negative Thomas all your life. Do you have any sort of proof that she is not 100% woman? Did you somehow get hold off her medical records to add value to what you are saying. No Mr anti everything good, you have not got any proof. all you have are Australian Tabloid gossip & you are jealous of how brilliant she is. Thats all you are.. Sorry old fart

  • Heirich Steenkamp - 2010-07-15 20:45

    @ Ben Hawkins- the last time I checked she was cleared to run with males...ohh females. So shut up, yes indeed she's good and a lady.

  • tuff - 2010-07-15 20:53

    to all of u haters jus get a life she is a gud runner period u cant keep a gud girl down go Caster u were born to run my little sister for those of u with a twisted mind about her go to hell

  • sean - 2010-07-15 20:58

    Well done , Man !

  • Pat - 2010-07-15 20:58

    Who da man!!!

  • Andre - 2010-07-15 21:13

    Well done Caster - we're proud - don't even give the negative comments a second thought!! And for the people who have a lot to say against Caster - if she shouldn't be allowed to run, then why is it "ok" for Ian Thorpe, with his No 17 feet to compete against swimmers with ordinary feet? Come on - get a life and be proud of Caster's achievements. you go girl!! Regards

  • Herman - 2010-07-15 21:38

    black women never lose faith regardless of the obstacles they come across, Caster is one of those women her faith, strength nd tremendous patience nd passion made her to come bek to this field strong nd bold 2 claim what is rightfully hers, its her tym to take ova, GOD took over the IAAF, nw she is going to conquer all competitions, this is her time, its AFRICA'S TYM......."KE NAKO" didnt end wit da World Cup ONLY.....IT'S continuing via dem show dem Caster show dem * singing.....*

  • Craig - 2010-07-15 21:40

    Was there to see her run. Was an amazing experience to see her bounce back so well. The world is jealous.

  • Fake!!! - 2010-07-15 21:41

    Think with your head and not with your heart. The effect of testosterone in her blood gives her a advantage above other athletes up to 10 times more than if she was using steroids. How can you not practise and still outclass top athletes in the does not make sense. The IAAF should be ashamed of itself in allowing her back.

  • Eagle - 2010-07-15 22:03

    Well done CS do what you love to do, and be proud.Behind you all the way. Make them see dust...Run like the wind...

  • David - 2010-07-15 22:08

    Congratulations Caster and all the best for the future.

  • gail - 2010-07-15 22:08

    Castor has my absolute admiration and awe for just being out there and competing again. Let's rather discuss her strength of character and spirit than her anatomy. As South Africans we should be behind her all the way and we can all learn from her dignified comeback in the world sporting arena.

  • Boggom - 2010-07-15 22:10

    Caster is hot! Sexy. Definitely my kind of women.

  • Debby - 2010-07-15 22:10

    Let them cry foul again! You make us proud and we love your spirit. O mosadi wa basadi! Keep the fire Burning ! Leave them purple with ENVY!

  • marius - 2010-07-15 22:58

    ou Boggompie,he who is a she might be a he so maybe you who seems to be a he might like him who is noted to be a she but might be overwhelmingly a he because of da genes,so be carefull find out what if he is a she and if you who might be a he likes he he he !!eina!!

  • marius - 2010-07-15 23:00

    ou Boggompie,he who is a she might be a he so maybe you who seems to be a he might like him who is noted to be a she but might be overwhelmingly a he because of da genes,so be carefull find out what if he is a she and if you who might be a he likes he he he !!eina!!

  • rob - 2010-07-16 00:05

    What about Gert Theys.?ASA destroyed world clas runners career !!!

  • Siphe - 2010-07-16 00:28

    This is so going to come back and bite them in the backside...

  • sean @ Fake and all the ``Patriots`` - 2010-07-16 01:54

    Lets be realistic now , Caster should not compete with woman !!! Treatment for testerone or not , she is not a woman !!!!!!!!!! By the way I do have medical knowledge , that is all I`m going to say !!!!! For the record , how long will she be running ................ let`s see :)

  • Gaza - 2010-07-16 04:50

    She may have had treatment but her body still has 19 odd years of male hormone that has built her body to what it is. That's why she can run 2.04 after not competing for 11 months. And to the D..khead who insinuated that Australia thought they were plan B for the world cup, I don't think so. I live here and never saw any hint of it mentioned in our local papers. Maybe it came from the South African negative press.

  • Frikkie - 2010-07-16 07:04

    Well done! Show them what you can do and don't let the idiots with their negative comments distract you. The IAAF would not have cleared you to run if there was any doubt that you are entitled to run. As a South African I feel proud of your achievement. Good luck for a wonderful athletics career.

  • DC@Fake - 2010-07-16 07:48

    Do you have the proof that she has "testosterone in her blood". Were did you hear this Mr Fake? Reading too many Australian Tabliods again. You the same fakes who believe the bull about her having internal Male Genitals?? Please come forward with the medical report proving your theories otherwise your words are baseless, just like you.

  • Larry - 2010-07-16 08:32

    Show them Caster....make the circle bigger...

  • Rodney - 2010-07-16 08:40

    Well done Caster!!! you've done Moletjie proud you've done Limpopo proud and lastly you've done South Africa proud...South Africa is behind you go girl!!!

  • go Caster - 2010-07-16 09:13

    she is a hermaphrodite, but she is still a woman, and if the IAAF gave her the thumbs up, then why can't we accept that, if we had separate athletics for people like Caster, then we could lets shut up and enjoy watching her run...

  • colin h - 2010-07-16 09:23

    He is a woman!

  • Teb - 2010-07-16 09:52

    No Larry... Show them Caster....make the DISTANCE bigger...

  • LindaO - 2010-07-16 10:03

    Caster continue to rise above the nastiness of some people that call them self humans and continue to do what you are clearly great at ... running, and good luck for Sunday and the rest of your future, whatever path you choose.

  • Isaac@Polokwane - 2010-07-16 10:41

    I'm proud of you Caster.Go and make us proud.

  • Julius - 2010-07-16 12:58

    How my BOy im so proud of you,

  • MorwaTlaka - 2010-07-16 14:26

    To Fake and all you friends don't come here with that tendancy, Caster semenya is a a girl. Caster keep on making us proud Ngwanenyana.

  • Lily White - 2010-07-16 16:46

    @Ben Hawkins - unless you sleep with her and shadow her every move, how do you know she 'did not run/exercise for 11 months'? Just because you are not competing does not mean you are not training. Read carefully before you start spewing nonsense rubbish your garbage trap. Jeez!

  • Really? - 2010-07-18 10:00

    Go for it my boet!! You show them what a real man can do!!

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