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Caster Semenya Male/Female Controversy Continues

South African Caster Semenya

This past Wednesday, the IAAF announced that Caster Semenya is “still undergoing gender tests,” which means that one of the most talked-about stories in all of sport, since it first made headlines at the World Championships in Berlin, is still without an ending, happy or otherwise. That it is taking months to come up with a solution is a vivid illustration of the complexity of a controversy that, in the end, will have no winners.

According to Jill Geer, if the calls for sex-testing Semenya were due to something beyond just how she looks or sounds, to include knowledge of events or discussions that went on prior to Berlin, that’s another circumstance entirely.

Semenya’s gender questioned

Semenya is almost universally, and rightly, considered to be an innocent in this who has been wronged by those around her, most of whom, it must be noted, seem to have external male genitalia. But an obvious mistake that Semenya did make came in Berlin. After winning the 800 in impressive fashion, she crossed the finish line and flexed her muscles. Maybe it was an act of defiance and of wanting to explode gender codes. But if it was her hope that people would focus on her running and not the headlines, it was a colossal error in judgment, according to Geer.

South Africa’s 800m sensation, Caster Semenya, has been under scrutiny due to amazing victory in Berlin World Championships, on the grounds that the IAAF had conducted tests on her to establish her sex, and that she might be male.

Four months later the IAAF has not established any firm proof that Semenya is a male, although she has gone through numerous test.

There have been rumors that she will be allowed to keep her gold medal from Berlin, but that she will be banned from future competition because she test unusually high for testosterone.


November 22, 2009 Posted by | Profiles | , , | 3 Comments

Ozaki wins Japan’s Lone Medal in Berlin

Japan's Yoshim Ozaki, placed second in marathon

Japan's Yoshimi Ozaki, placed second in marathon

     In the IAAF World Championships from Berlin it was Japan’s Yoshimi Ozaki leading most of the way in the grueling marathon (42K) race before being passed by China’s Bai Xue in the final kilometer.

    Xue won the gold medal clocking 2 hours 25 minutes and 15 seconds with Ozaki taking the silver finishing 10 seconds behind Xue.

    Ozaki’s medal was the only one that Japan could muster during the two week world championships in track and field.

China's Bai Xue win the marathon at the World Championships in Berlin

China's Bai Xue win the marathon at the World Championships in Berlin

August 23, 2009 Posted by | Events | , , , , | Leave a comment

Top 20 Male Performances at World Track & Field Championships

Long jump champion, Dwight Phillips

Long jump champion, Dwight Phillips

All-athletics.com has ranked the top 20 male performaces at the IAAF World Championship Track & Field Meet from Berlin.

Usain Bolt 100m
Usain Bolt 200m
Jamaica 4x100m
Tyson Gay 100m
Ezekiel Kemboi 3000mSC
Kenenisa Bekele 10000m
Abel Kirui Marathon
Christian Cantwell Shot Put
Lashawn Merritt 400m
Dwight Phillips Long Jump
Phillips Idowu Triple Jump
Sergey Kirdyapkin 50km Walk
Trey Hardee Decathlon
Robert Harting Discus
Kerron Clement 400m Hurdles
Steven Hooker Pole Vault
Ryan Braithwaite 110m Hurdles
Valeriy Borchin 20km Walk
Trinidad and Tobago 4x100m
Alonso Edwards 200m
Richard Kipkemboi Mateelong 3000mSC
USA 4x400m

August 23, 2009 Posted by | Events | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

New World Rankings – Track & Field – Women

Sanya Richards, USA, winner of the 400 in Berlin

Sanya Richards, USA, winner of the 400 in Berlin

     Sanya Richards, USA, was one of many athletes that shook up the world rankings with her victory in the 400 meter dash in Berlin.   Following is the new world rankings for women based on their Berlin performance.

100m Shelly-Ann Fraser (JAM)
200m Olivia Borlee (BEL)
400m Sanya Richards (USA)
800m Caster Semenya (RSA)
1500m Kelly McNeice-Reid (IRL)
5000m Svetlana Kudelich (BLR)
10000m Linet Chepkwemoi Masai (KEN)
110/100m Hurdles Brigitte Foster-Hylton (JAM)
400m Hurdles Melaine Walker (JAM)
3000m Steeple Marta Dominquez (ESP)
High Jump Blanka Vlasic (CRO)
Pole Vault Anna Rogowska (PC)
Long Jump Clélia Reuse (SUI)
Triple Jump Yargeris Savigne (CUB)
Shot Put Valerie Vili (NZL)
Discus Throw Eden Francis (GBR)
Hammer Throw Katerina Safránková (CZE)
Javelin Throw Steffi Nerius (GER)
Race Walking Olga Kaniskina (RUS)
Decathlon/Heptathlon Maiju Mattila (FIN)


Steffi Nerius of Germany wins the Javelin event

Steffi Nerius of Germany wins the Javelin event

August 19, 2009 Posted by | Events | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Usain Bolt New World Record – 9.58 seconds

Bolt set new world record in Berlin

Bolt set new world record in Berlin



Usain Bolt
Usain Bolt

The much anticipated showdown between two of the fastest men in the world came to a head today in Berlin during the IAAF World Championships in Track and Field.


     Bolt, from Jamaica, is the current world record holder in the 100 meter dash at 9.69 seconds, but Gay claimed that he could beat Bolt in Berlin and thus set a new world record.


    Both men have been doing their competing from afar this season. Tyson Gay posts an impressive time in the 100 or 200 meters in New York or Rome. Usain Bolt answers with a similar time in Paris or Lausanne, Switzerland.


Tyson Gay
Tyson Gay

The last time a United States track & field team participated in Berlin was in 1936 when the legendary Jesse Owens won four gold medals.


    In Berlin the near capacity crowd of 74,000 watched as American Tyson Gay and “Lightning Bolt” exploded out of the blocks.

     Bolt was in third for the first 30 meters before blowing away the competition and setting a new world record in 9.58 seconds.

    American, Tyson Gay, finished second.


August 16, 2009 Posted by | Events | , , , | Leave a comment