The double 800m Olympic champion won Tuesday’s rarely run 2000m race in Paris. Caster Semenya, who was racing for the first time since the new gender ruling came into effect, finished in a time of 5min 38.19seconds ahead of Ethiopian pair Hawi Feysa and Adanech Anbesa.
Since May 8, the new IAAF rule, which requires woman with higher than normal male hormone level to artificially lower the amount of testosterone in their bodies if they are to compete in races over the distance of 400m to the mile. Caster had this to say; “I am not an idiot, why would I take drugs? I am a pure athlete, not a cheat. They should focus on doping not us.”
The double Olympic and three-time world champion added: “Even if I have to withdraw from 800m, it doesn’t matter no more, I think I have won everything I ever wanted.”
Last week the Swiss court suspended the IAAF’s ruling, allowing her to temporarily compete without taking testosterone-reducing medicine. The IAAF says it will seek a “swift reversal” of the SFT’s decision. The court’s ruling order will only apply until 25 June – the date by which the IAAF must respond to the court on Semenya’s case.
The World championships will take place from 28 September to 6 October. Semenya is set to race in the 3000m at the Prefontaine Classic in Stanford, California on the 30th of June.