The Caster Semenya photos are sought as questions about her gender continue. See pictures here and Caster Semenya video of the race, the interview and more about the South African runner who won the Women’s 800M at the IAAF World Track and Field Championships in Berlin and now faces controversy which may involve ambiguous genitalia.
In the aftermath of the 18-year-old runner’s victory, the IAAF has asked the South African athletics federation to conduct a gender verification exam on Caster Semenya (photos above).
She won the race on Wednesday, August 19, 2009 with a time of 1:55.45 which is thus far the best time in the world in 2009. Winning second and third place respectively were Kenyan runner Janeth Jepkosgei (1:57.90) and Jennifer Meadows of Great Britain (1:57.93).
Results of the test, CNN reports, will take some time; perhaps weeks. The test involves a physical medical evaluation, along with reports from a gynecologist, endocrinologist, psychologist, an internal medicine specialist, and an expert on gender intended to resolve issues of ambiguous genitalia. In the interim, no doubt, speculation will mount as Caster Semenya photos are studied and commented upon.
Her manager, Phiwe Mlangeni-Tsholetsane, spoke with CNN in a telephone interview, stating that the South African runner has not been concerned with questions about her gender and is focused on improving her performance and bettering her times, and went on to say:
“Even the ID that she has, the passport, says she is a female…There was no cheating on our part, or even on the part of the athlete. If there are tests being done, we accept that. We can’t stop that,” Mlangeni-Tsholetsane said. “We have nothing to hide.”
Watch several videos below including a Caster Semenya video which reveals the sound of her voice, whose deep sound has also fueled speculation along with her physical appearance which is perceived as masculine. The Caster Semenya interview continues to raise questions.
In an interview ASA (Athletics South Africa) president Leonard Chuene has said that the treatment of the runner has been like that of a “leper.” He said:
“I will continue to defend the girl, I will continue to do anything, even if I am to be kicked out of Berlin, but I am not going to let that girl be humiliated in the manner that she was humiliated because she has not committed a crime whatsoever. Her crime was to be born the way she is born.”
Additionally, Caster Semenya’s mother Dorcus Semenya has spoken out passionately in her defense of her daughter in a lengthy interview which you can see here.
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More Caster Semenya photos and, as mentioned, the Caster Semenya video below.