Semenya simultaneously beat the Senior and Junior South African records held by Zelda Pretorius at .85, and Zola Budd at .90, respectively. The combination of her rapid athletic progression and her appearance culminated in the IAAF asking her to take a sex verification test to ascertain whether she was female.
She deserves it after the kind of humiliation she’s been experiencing in the media in the last weeks and months,” Morgan told Hack.“Caster Semenya is competing with the body she was born with, as a woman, because she’s lived her whole life as a woman.The rules for elite intersex athletes at the Olympics have been complex, fraught with changes, and strained by heated debate.In 2011, the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) imposed a limit on testosterone levels in female athletes who were competing.Caster Semenya has given few interviews over the course of her athletic career.
But she did open up when she spoke to the BBC last year.
"The rules have allowed athletes like Dutee Chand and Caster Semenya to compete without hormonal therapy at Rio.
It means transgender women and intersex women now face a significantly different level of scrutiny to qualify, Joanna Harper says.
But if she does it, Caster Semenya’s victory probably won’t be met with the same praise, glory and cascade of memes as Usain Bolt’s third consecutive gold for the 100 metres.
The sex of the 25-year-old has been the subject of intense media scrutiny ever since her sensational win at the 2009 world championship in Berlin.
She was the winner of the gold medal in the 800 metre event at the 2016 Summer Olympics.