Se­menya runs fastest time in 800m semi­fi­nals

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THE dom­i­na­tion con­tin­ues.

As widely pre­dicted, Caster Se­menya came in first place in her 800-me­tre semi­fi­nal heat Thurs­day night at the Rio Olympic Games.

The 25-year-old will rep­re­sent South Africa in the fi­nal on Sun­day and is a favourite to win gold. Her dom­i­nat­ing per­for­mance in her heats Wed­nes­day and Thurs­day have even led some to spec­u­late that to­mor­row may be the day Se­menya beats a 33-year-old world record.

It would be a stun­ning ac­com­plish­ment — but it would not come with­out ques­tions for the mid­dle dis­tance run­ner.

With each stel­lar per­for­mance, the 2012 Olympic sil­ver medal­ist is fur­ther sub­jected to pub­lic scru­tiny over her broad shoul­ders, deep voice, mus­cu­lar arms, se­vere jaw­line and nar­row hips.

This is­sue has trailed Se­menya, with com­peti­tors and jour­nal­ists alike reg­u­larly rais­ing ques­tions about her ap­pear­ance and spec­u­lat­ing about her gen­der.

While she and her fam­ily say she was born fe­male, many have sug­gested that Se­menya is in­ter­sex (born with both male and fe­male gen­i­talia) or hy­per­an­droge­nous (where the body con­tains higher lev­els of testos­terone than other fe­males).

Af­ter win­ning a world cham­pi­onship in 2009, Se­menya was sub­jected to sex ver­i­fi­ca­tion tests, the re­sults of which were leaked on­line. An onslaught of vit­riol on so­cial me­dia soon fol­lowed.

That same year, Se­menya told You mag­a­zine that she wasn’t up­set by the hate be­cause she ac­cepts her­self.

“I see it all as a joke, it doesn’t up­set me,” she said. “God made me the way I am and I ac­cept my­self. I am who I am and I’m proud of my­self.” — Ya­hoo

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