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Semenya bids for 5000m slot at Tokyo Olympics

  • Caster Semenya, denied a possibility to win a 3rd successive Olympic 800 metres gold, will on Friday try to qualify for the Tokyo Games over 5000m.

Reuters | , Cape Town

PUBLISHED ON MAY 27, 2021 08:49 PM IST

Caster Semenya, denied a possibility to win a 3rd successive Olympic 800 metres gold, will on Friday try to qualify for the Tokyo Games over 5000m. Semenya will run in a meeting in Durban the place she should dramatically enhance her personal finest over the space to have the ability to go to the Olympics in two month’s time.

The 30-year-old South African is banned from competing in any race from 400m to a mile after World Athletics dominated in 2018 that in an effort to guarantee honest competitors ladies with excessive pure testosterone ranges should take medication to scale back them to compete in middle-distance races.

Semenya, who refuses to take remedy to change her testosterone ranges, has challenged the ruling however seen a number of appeals dismissed. The 5000m is due to this fact her finest probability to go to the Tokyo Games.

Semenya set a time of 15:52.28 in successful the South African title over 5000m in Pretoria final month nevertheless it was 42 seconds slower than the 15:10.00 wanted in an effort to qualify for the Olympics. Last year Semenya thought of making an attempt the 200m however rapidly gave up plans, saying she noticed no future for herself in sprints and feared harm.

Semenya continues to problem World Athletics’ ruling and has taken her case to the European Court of Human Rights however the case is unlikely to be accomplished by the point the Games start in July. Her lawyer Greg Nott advised native media this week Semenya hoped to have the matter settled earlier than subsequent year’s World Athletics Championship in Eugene, Oregon.

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