Caster Semenya listed for first track meet since June
Caster Semenya is listed as entered in a track meet for the first time since a July court ruling barred her from racing her best events.
Semenya will race a 300m in South Africa on Friday, according to meet organizers. Semenya’s team has not responded to requests for comment, though her social media accounts reposted the meet’s promotional posts with photos of her.
“Back in business,” was posted on Semenya’s social media with an illustration of a race bib with her last name on it.
Semenya can enter a 300m without taking testosterone-suppressing measures. The new World Athletics rule that prohibits Semenya and others spans from the 400m through the mile.
Semenya, the Olympic 800m champion, and the other two Rio 800m medalists have said they are affected by the new rule instituted last year. Semenya’s appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport was unsuccessful.
Semenya previously signed with a South African soccer club with the intent to play competitive matches in 2020. She played the sport in her youth before becoming a world champion in 2009 at age 18.
It remains to be seen if she will still play soccer this year. Or if she will race more on the track. The 300m is not on the Olympic program, but the 200m is. Semenya raced one 200m last year, clocking 24.26 seconds in February, well off the Olympic qualifying standard of 22.80.
Semenya has won 31 straight 800m races dating to 2015, the last coming June 30 at the Pre Classic.
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