Quote Of The Day

“I think the fundamental issue is this: We have a separate category for women because without it, no women would even make the Olympic Games (with the exception of equestrian). Most of the women’s world records, even doped, lie outside the top 5,000 times run by men. Radcliffe’s marathon WR, for instance, is beaten by between 250 and 300 men per year. Without a women’s category, elite sport would be exclusively male.

That premise hopefully agreed, we then see that the presence of the Y-chromosome is THE single greatest genetic ‘advantage’ a person can have. That doesn’t mean that all men outperform all women, but it means that for elite sport discussion, that Y-chromosome, and specifically the SRY gene on it, which directs the formation of testes and the production of Testosterone, is a key criteria on which to separate people into categories.

Now, for various biological reasons, and I’ll follow the post above up with another on the specific science of this issue, sometimes that testosterone doesn’t quite ‘do its job,’ and that is when we find ourselves dealing with an athlete like Semenya.

She is NOT a man. And it is enormously disrespectful to call her ‘it,’ or ‘he.’ Nor should any of your wrath or frustration be directed towards her. She’s running per the rules that were changed by CAS, and it is they who should shoulder the responsibility for the mess that is the women’s 800m.

So going back to the premise that women’s sport is the PROTECTED category, and that this protection must exist because of the insurmountable and powerful effects of testosterone, my opinion on this is that it is fair and correct to set an upper limit for that testosterone, which is what the sport had before CAS did away with it …

One final point – there is a position here, made by a good few people who I really respect, which holds that Semenya and others did not choose this, they have not cheated, and it would be inhumane/unethical and violation of human rights to force upon someone a medical intervention that is not for health reasons, and to prevent them from participating in sport if they don’t.

That’s an argument I don’t agree with, but I can see that people may hold, and are entitled to. It’s not wrong, and it is possible to have two disagreeing positions without being wrong on either. What is wrong is to compare Semenya’s advantage to Bolt’s, or Phelps’, because their genetic ‘luck’ doesn’t put them into a different category, and also, Semenya’s ‘advantage’ is actually a ‘disadvantage’ to competing, as I said.

Final point, Semenya will run the 400 and 800 in Rio, and she will win both. It will cause a Sh!Tstorm of note, and I’m South African, so that will be a lot of fun (said nobody ever) and arguments.”

– South African scientist Ross Tucker of the Science of Sport writing on the LetsRun.com message board about Caster Semenya.

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LRC Ronald Kwemoi Upsets Asbel Kiprop In Monaco As History Will Have To Wait For The 100th Sub-3:30 Clocking Coming into tonight, 99 times in history a human had broken 3:30 for 1,500. When Asbel Kiprop hit 800 in 1:50 low, it looked like we were well on our way to #100 but the final 700 wasn’t kind to Kiprop.
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Screenshot_2016-07-15-12-22-51LRC Caster Semenya (1:55.33 NR) Runs The World’s Fastest Time Since 2008 & Leads Field To Slew Of PRs; Francine Niyonsaba 1:56.24 NR, Molly Ludlow 1:57.68 #7 All-Time USA Semenya has yet to go sub-1:55 but it is only a matter of time.

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