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Semenya wins her final 800m two days after losing appeal

Updated 03-05-19 | 17:20 PM | Dave Staff Sport Writer

Double Olympic champion Caster Semenya won her last 800 metres race on Friday before the introduction of controversial rules limiting testosterone levels in female athletes which she had battled for years to stop.

The South African was running at the Diamond League meeting in Doha two days after the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) rejected her appeal to get the governing body’s (International Association of Athletics Federations) new regulations thrown out.

Semenya’s victory could be her last over 800m before new IAAF rules governing testosterone levels come into operation on May 8.

“Actions speak louder than words. When you’re a great champion you always deliver,” Semenya told the BBC after setting a new meeting record.

“With me, life has been simple. I’m just here to deliver for the people who love and support me. I’m enjoying each and every moment of my life maybe because I have the love I need from my people.”

Asked if she intended to take the medication required to lower her testosterone levels, she later told reporters with a smile: “Hell no, that’s an illegal method.”

She had challenged the measures, introduced by the IAAF, that will force women with higher than normal testosterone levels to artificially lower the level of the hormone in their bodies if they are to continue competing.

The rules will come into effect on May 8 and will apply to athletes competing in races over distances of 400m to the mile.


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