Se­menya si­lences doubters

The Myanmar Times - - Sport -

CON­TRO­VER­SIAL South African run­ner Caster Se­menya pro­duced a dev­as­tat­ing sprint fin­ish to claim the Olympic 800m crown, four years af­ter be­ing de­nied gold by Rus­sian dope cheat Mariya Savi­nova.

The 25-year-old 2012 sil­ver medal­list turned on the gas with 150m to go, cross­ing the line more than 1.20sec clear in 1min 55.28sec at the Olympic Sta­dium.

Francine Niyon­s­aba of Bu­rundi took sil­ver in 1:56.49 with Kenya’s Mar­garet Wam­bui claim­ing bronze in 1:56.89.

“I used to be a sprinter. I ran the 100m, 200m in high school,” Se­menya said of her fin­ish.

“It was just a fan­tas­tic race. Ob­vi­ously, there can only be one win­ner and it turned out good for me. It wasn’t about run­ning fast, it was about run­ning a good race.”

Se­menya has been at the cen­tre of a rag­ing con­tro­versy in re­cent years be­cause of her nat­u­rally oc­cur­ring con­di­tion, hy­per­an­dro­genism, which causes el­e­vated testos­terone lev­els.

Ri­val run­ners have said they want au­thor­i­ties to re­visit rules that limit the amount of testos­terone al­lowed in com­peti­tors.

Par­tially in re­sponse to those rum­blings, world ath­let­ics chiefs im­ple­mented re­stric­tions on testos­terone lev­els in 2011.

‘Tonight is all about per­for­mances. We’re not here to talk about spec­u­la­tions.’

Caster Se­menya

South African run­ner

Pho­tos: AFP

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