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Semenya shines as gender debate re-opens

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>> That's not fair, it's not fair.>> It's like it's unfair.>> Yes, she's a woman and I don't understand why that has to be put on the spotlight again.>> 800-meter World Champion Caster Semenya once again subjected to international scrutiny ahead of the athlete's big final in Rio on Saturday.
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Semenya 's excess testosterone making some question whether she should be competing in the woman's race at all. Reuters sports editor Mitch Phillips has been following the South African runner and says claims of hyper-androgeny are yet to be proven.>> She hasn't actually been publicly declared to have that condition, this is just reported, but the situation regarding her excess testosterone production, it is the case.
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The IAAF, the governing body of the sport, introduced a rule that basically outlawed athletes who had excess levels of testosterone. Testosterone gives you power, gives you an unfair advantage. The Court of Arbitration for sport last year overruled that decision saying that that was basically a human rights violation and Semenya was then free to run as she is.
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The IAAF said last week, they're looking at this again and will probably be appealing it.>> When Semenya won the 800 at the 2009 World Track and Field Championships, she faced accusations of cheating, was barred from competitions and subject to sex tests. With the then head of IAAF saying quote, she might be a woman but not 100%.
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According IAAF regulation,s athletes proven to be hyper-androgynous have to subject themselves to hormonal treatment and even surgery, if they wish to keep competing. Earlier this week, as Semenya cruised passed the semis with the ninth best of one minute 58 seconds, one of her rivals, Justine Fedronic, brought back the issue, claiming it wasn't fair for other athletes.
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>> What she said was what a lot of people are thinking, that it's a really difficult situation. She said, it's unfair on us. It's unfair on her. She wasn't attacking her. She just said the situation is that she has a physical advantage. And the IAAF and the people who run the sport are trying to find a way to make it work so that she's not punished but the rest of the athletes have a level playing field.
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>> As the IAAF begin talks to address the issue, Castor Semenya's 800-meter gold this year seems guaranteed. The only question being, could it be her last?