Eugene, Ore. ( Associated Press) — Caster Semenya finished 13th and failed to advance in the women’s 5,000 meters at the world championships on Wednesday, an expected result for the South African, who has been barred from her best event due to rules, Demand that she take hormone-reducing drugs to enter certain races.
Semenya, who has two Olympic and three world titles in the 800 meters, has been excluded from that race in major events since 2019 after losing an appeal to world athletics regulation, allowing women with some intersex status to compete in the 400 meters. ineligible for the middle race. meter and a mile.
Semenya completed the 12 1/2-lap race, held in a 91-degree (32 Celsius) afternoon, in 15 minutes, 46.12 seconds. He was 54 seconds behind the heat’s winner Gudaf Tsege of Ethiopia, and 53 seconds behind the fifth and final automatic qualifying place in the final.
The only surprise in any of them was that she had come to Oregon to compete. His personal best in the race is 15:31.50, which is outside the world championship qualifying standard. But she joined the race after some highly ranked runners did not enter.
his case The most recognizable is the many examples involving intersex and transgender athletes in sports. Semenya is not transgender, but her case has strong implications for how transgender athletes are treated and classified.
World Athletics president Sebastian Coe, who has indicated the rules could be updated later this year, But perhaps not in a way that could restore Semenya’s ability to race at her best, the science about the effects of testosterone on athletes has guided all decisions of world athletics.
“The issue for me is very simple,” Coe said in an interview the day before Semenya’s race. “Of course, I recognize that with both DSD and transgenders, these are social issues. However, I do not have the luxury of being deeply involved in that debate. My responsibility is to protect the integrity of women’s sport.”
Semenya has been an outspoken critic of the rules, saying recently through her lawyer that they are “an insult to the spirit of the game”.
Semenya hung out in the middle of the main pack of the 18-woman race for about three laps, then things escalated. At the halfway point of the 5,000 meters, she had dropped to 13th—a group of three runners running nearly 80 meters behind the main group. After about three rounds, Semenya was in a familiar place—running all alone on the track—but she was in 13th place.
When he crossed the finish line there were no runners within 50 meters from either side, to the applause he received when he was presented at the starting line.
While most of the runners eventually fell on the track, Semenya turned around, breathing heavily with her hands on her hips.
He high-fives a few runners, grabbed a wet towel to put on the back of his neck, then dug into the cooler for a few drinks before heading down a set of stairs leading away from the track.
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