Meet Caster Semenya, the latest sensation in women’s track and field. See her pictures, biography and video here. She hails from South Africa and burst on to the scene winning competition after competition.
There is only one problem. Is Caster Semenya a woman or a man? Questions have dogged her since her splash on the international scene when she ran the fastest 800 meters so far in 2009 and won in the Berlin World Championships. Speculation is so intense that the international powers (International Association of Athletics Federations, or IAAF) have ordained that she undergo DNA testing to determine her true sex. DNA doesn’t lie like a peak in her pants might with cosmetic modifications to the plumbing.
Results of Caster Semenya’s DNA test will be known to the IAAF in about two weeks, at which time we can solve the mystery. What is your guess? Is Caster Semenya male or female, man or woman? Is Caster Semenya hermaphrodite? Read more about the controversy here and here and here.
When you look at her pictures, you can understand why people are wondering. She has a man’s torso, manly abs, guy arms, guy legs, guy chest, and guy facial hair. The only thing not boy about her is the cute athletic supporter that shows off her manly tummy. She would not be the first man to try to woman his way to the finish line. There are several famous cases in the Olympics before gender testing was developed.
As a biography, Caster Semenya was born July 1st 1991 which makes her only 18 years old. Her place of birth is Polokwane, South Africa. Her personal best mark of 1:55.45 in the 800 meters was set in the Berlin World Championships on August 19th, 2009 where she took first place by about 5 miles. In the 1500 meters, in which she also excels, she ran an astounding 4:08.01 in February.
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