Olympics 2012 Closed: Caster Semenya, South African runner won silver in 800m , was forced to undergo gender testing (Photo) - playersGF.com

Olympics 2012 Closed: Caster Semenya, South African runner won silver in 800m , was forced to undergo gender testing

Caster Semenya of South Africa (c.) finishes with a silver in olympic
Caster Semenya of South Africa (c.) finishes with a silver in the 800-meters but the race is not without controversy.



In London Olympic-2012 — Caster Semenya, dogged by controversy since 2009 after being forced to undergo gender tests, raised eyebrows again Saturday en route to winning a silver medal in the women’s 800 meters.

Caster Semenya , a South African, who won the 2009 world title in a stunningly fast 1 minute, 55.45 seconds, was in last place for the first 600 meters before kicking it in to finish second to Russia’s Mariya Savinova, who clocked 1:56.19 to win gold.


Semenya bristled at the suggestion she didn’t go all out for gold because she didn’t want to create any controversy.



“The plan was, like I said, to win a gold,” she said. “I just made a mistake. A late kick.”


Caster Semenya of South Africa (c.) finishes with a silver in olympic
Caster Semenya of South Africa (c.) finishes with a silver in olympic

Caster Semenya's aunt Martina Lamola (L) and her siblings, Thabang (13) and Nkele Semenya (R) show off her certifcates and trophies in their village of Molejie
Caster Semenya's aunt Martina Lamola (L) and her siblings, Thabang (13) and Nkele Semenya (R) show off her certifcates and trophies in their village of Molejie
Caster Semenya's family members and friends all insist she is a girl: from left, Paballo Choshi, 19, (cousin); Nkele Semenya, 16, younger sister; Shirley Rammabi, neighbour and Martinah Lamola aunt from Masetlong village at Moletjie in Limpopo.
Caster Semenya's family members and friends all insist she is a girl: from left, Paballo Choshi, 19, (cousin); Nkele Semenya, 16, younger sister; Shirley Rammabi, neighbour and Martinah Lamola aunt from Masetlong village at Moletjie in Limpopo.


Champion: Semenya has been given with her gold medal but it could be taken away if gender tests reveal she is a man - promoting Kenya's Janeth Jepkosgei Busienei to gold and Britain's Jenny Meadows to silver