“I’ve run a 4:10 and a 4:02 on my own, taking the lead from the start, which shows I have improved. "
The author tries to tackle the Semenya debate from political point of view, making it about women's rights, racism and income inequality when it really should just be about the science.
"Worryingly, the very rules designed to protect us are becoming our oppressors. ... Disturbingly, the female voices of dissent are overwhelmingly white. In contrast, those women most affected by athletics’ stance on what constitutes a female athlete are women of colour from the global south."
*The Guardian: Laura Muir Gives Everything, But Is Pipped To A Medal In 1500 Final “I don’t know. It’s fourth, isn’t it? I gave it everything I could but the last 50m I just tied up and they flew past me. I knew it was close. It happened so late in the race I couldn’t react."
*Laura Muir Refuses To Enter Caster Semenya Debate All she said was, “I’ve not got anything to say about that."
She finished second in her heat with 4:02.84, just behind Genzebe Dibaba.
Wayde van Niekerk in the 400 is as close to a sure thing as you get while the 400H is the most up in the air.
*Women's Predictions Surprisingly, the bookies are more confident about Elaine Thompson in the 100 than Caster Semenya in the 800. The 1500 is the hardest to call.
The problem is CAS requirement is far too great as they want the IAAF to prove hyperandrogenic females have an advantage as great as men, which they don't. Ross Tucker: “This should never have been an issue of men vs. women. Rather, it should be about whether women who possess a Y-chromosome, and who produce T in the male range, have an unnaturally large advantage over women who do not have those male-level T values.”
A deeper look at the IAAF's recent study shows why it probably won't be enough to convince CAS to reinstate the currently suspended hyperandrogenism rules.
He argues to let Semenya compete against women as a result.
The study found that female athletes with high testosterone levels can have a 1.8% to 4.5% competitive advantage. The IAAF will use this new research in their CAS case to reinstate the suspended hyperandrogenism rules.
*The Guardian: "Caster Semenya Could Be Forced To Undertake Hormone Therapy For Future Olympics" Unfortunately the regulations wouldn't be reinstated in time for 2017 Worlds.
*Joanna Harper: "Using Testosterone To Categorize Male And Female Athletes Isn't Perfect, But It's The Best Solution We Have" Harper, a gender in sport expert who has written for LRC, evaluates the new study and what it means for hyperandrogenic athletes.
She certainly didn't look bad when she crushed the South African xc in a 3k on Wednesday.
Has Semenya ever had a menstrual cycle?
The CBC doubts they would as after Semenya's gold in 2009 soccer put in tests to "ensure the correct gender of all players by actively investigating any perceived deviation in secondary sex characteristics."
In case you are wondering, Semenya wasn't wearing the white dress.
*MB: Congratulation to Caster and Violet Semenya -
She ran a PB of 50.74 at the SA Champs earlier this summer.
Some great matchups include a re-run of the women's Olympic 800 final, Laura Muir vs Faith Kipyegon in the 1500, Ruth Jebet vs Hyvin Kiyeng and Emma Coburn in the steeple and a deep men's 5K.
A former banned intersex athlete Maria José Martínez-Patiño also supports the testosterone upper limits imposed by the IAAF. “I see this ... as someone who can see both sides — both as a scientist and someone who was affected by (gender testing). … I believe my opinion has a heavier weight.”
*The Orange County Register: "Caster Semenya's Olympic Dream A Topic Of Controversy" A lot of strong pro-Semenya words from "bioethics" and gender specialists, but the scientists are who we side with on this one.