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Old 08-20-09, 12:58 AM   #1
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IAAF asks for gender test on runner Semenya
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Updated: August 19, 2009, 5:16 PM EDT
BERLIN (AP) - The IAAF has asked the South African athletics federation to conduct a gender verification test on 800-meter runner Caster Semenya amid concerns she does not meet the requirements to compete as a woman.

Caster Semenya. (Anja Niedringhaus / Associated Press)

The 18-year-old Semenya won the 800 final on Wednesday at the world championships in a world leading 1 minute, 55.45 seconds, beating defending champion Janeth Jepkosgei by a massive 2.45 seconds. Jennifer Meadows of Britain took bronze.

Olympic champion Pamela Jelimo was eliminated in qualifying.

The IAAF requested the gender test about three weeks ago, after Semenya burst onto the scene by slicing her personal bests in the 800 and 1,500 by huge margins.

IAAF spokesman Nick Davies stressed that "it's a medical issue, not an issue of cheating."

He said the "extremely complex, difficult" test has been started but that the results were not expected for weeks.

The verification test requires a physical medical evaluation, and includes reports from a gynecologist, endocrinologist, psychologist, an internal medicine specialist and an expert on gender.

"So we're talking about reports that are very long, very time consuming," Davies said.

South Africa team manager Phiwe Mlangeni-Tsholetsane would not confirm or deny that Semenya was having a gender test, but said "there was no cheating on our part."

"We entered Caster as a woman and we want to keep it that way," Mlangeni-Tsholetsane said. "Our conscience is clear in terms of Caster. We have no reservations at all about that."

Although medals will be awarded for the 800, the race remains under a cloud until the investigation is closed, and Semenya could be stripped of the gold depending on the test results, IAAF general secretary Pierre Weiss said.

"If at the end of the investigation it is proven that the athlete is not female, we will withdraw the medal," Weiss said. "But today there is no proof and the benefit of doubt must always be in favor of the athlete."

Semenya qualified for Wednesday's final with a top time of 1 minute, 58.64 seconds, and posted the world's top time this year of 1:56.72 three weeks ago at the African junior championships in Bambous, Mauritius.
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Old 08-20-09, 01:13 AM   #2
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Am I missing something? Was this runner born not a female?
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Old 08-20-09, 01:23 AM   #3
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Am I missing something? Was this runner born not a female?
Depends. Some states, laws, countries, use your genitals to determine what sex you are, while other use your chromosomes. But I think you can take enough drugs to make yourself the opposite sex. Its all politics.
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i dont know. but the person looks like a man...
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Depends. Some states, laws, countries, use your genitals to determine what sex you are, while other use your chromosomes. But I think you can take enough drugs to make yourself the opposite sex. Its all politics.
Umm... I hardly think it is about politics. And that is like saying if you eat enough potato chips you will become a potato.
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^^ i think it was a poor attempt at trying to be funny
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She whooped some *** yesterday, I mean the race wasn't even close!
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^^ i think it was a poor attempt at trying to be funny
oh........
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As Austin would say....http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WgOIEGz7o_s

Should have just made she/he drop here running shorts after race, unless he/she is a hermaphrodite and testing is necessary to determine gene/gender. Or check for the an Adam's Apple.

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http://www.ajc.com/sports/runner-119...perSizeImage=y
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I don't think it was, actually.

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Depends. Some states, laws, countries, use your genitals to determine what sex you are, while other use your chromosomes. But I think you can take enough drugs to make yourself the opposite sex. Its all politics.
While I agree with your first 3 statements, I cannot agree with the last. It's not about politics, IMO. Some have gone the extra step of checking the chromosomes if the gender cannot be determined by the genitals. I am in favor of this, as some of the shims or hermaphrodites cannot truly be determined solely by their appearance.

As for this one, I think it's a man, but then again I'm not looking under the pants/skirt or testing the genes.

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looks like a dude
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If this "person" was a man who made himself a woman than this "person" shouldn't be able to compete imo.. If this person is a woman who is taking hormones to be a man than I don't think this "person" should be able to compete, but if this "person" is actually a woman than poor thing....
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i dont know. but the person looks like a man...
+1 YooNiBall, that guy is a GUY !!
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If this "person" was a man who made himself a woman than this "person" shouldn't be able to compete imo.. If this person is a woman who is taking hormones to be a man than I don't think this "person" should be able to compete, but if this "person" is actually a woman than poor thing....

That folks, pretty much sums it up.
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