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The South African History Maker: Caster Semenya.

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Caster Semenya: History Maker

by Kiri Kankhwende

She’s dangerous on the bend. Like Usain Bolt, Caster Semenya tends to surge past her opponents just as they have reached their physical limits, rounding the final turn into the last 100 metres of the race, before charging ahead to win.

At some point, Semenya is expected to break the women’s 800 metre world record (set in 1983 by Jarmila Kratochvílová). Sunday’s 800 metre final in Rio could be the day. She qualified with ease, albeit being roughly two seconds off the world record. Journalists reported that afterwards she didn’t stop to talk, and seemed to shy away from the spotlight.

Can you blame her? Most mentions of her achievements are overshadowed by speculation about her hyperandrogenism and whether her testosterone levels are giving her an unfair edge. So far, there’s no research to support that argument, which is…

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