Semenya puts controversy aside in dominant 1,500m victory
Caster Semenya put aside the controversy over a planned rule change in athletics regarding hyperandrogenism to win the women’s 1,500 metres in a South African record time at the Diamond League meeting in Doha.
Semenya crossed the line in what was also a world leading time of three minutes and 59.92 seconds ahead of Nelly Jepkosgei of Kenya and Habitam Alemu of Ethiopia.
The South African has been in the spotlight after the sport’s governing IAAF approved an eligibility rule to limit the advantage of female athletes who, like Semenya, have naturally higher than normal levels of testosterone.
The IAAF last week confirmed new rules, starting from November 1st, which effectively give Semenya a choice of taking medication to restrict her testosterone or move to longer distance events.
Kenya swept the podium in the men’s 800m.
Emmanuel Korir blasted away from his compatriots on the final straight to win in a time of 1:45.21. Elijah Manangoi finished second with Nicholas Kipkoech in third.