3,000m test for Semenya and testosterone load

Sports | 22 May 2019

Two-time Olympic champion Caster Semenya will race the 3,000 meters at the Diamond League Prefontaine Classic on June 30 - a distance she can contest without reducing her testosterone levels.

The South African, with two Olympic golds at 800m, says she will not take medication to comply with new International Association of Athletics Federations rules on testosterone levels.

The new rules require women with higher-than-normal male hormone levels - "hyperandrogenic" athletes - to artificially lower the amount of testosterone in their bodies to compete in races over distances of 400m to the mile.

Semenya won the 800m at the Doha Diamond League meeting this month in her first race since losing her appeal against the ruling at the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

She will be an outsider in a field including world 5,000m champion Hellen Obiri, 2016 world indoor 1,500m champion Sifan Hassan and 2018 world indoor 1,500m and 3,000m champion Genzebe Dibaba.


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