Se­menya puts con­tro­versy aside in dom­i­nant 1,500m vic­tory

The Irish Times - Sports Weekend - - SPORTS -

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.

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