Embattled Caster Semenya has won the 800 metres race at the Doha Diamond League meeting on Friday. The victory is her first race-win after she lost her appeal over a gender ruling that have being making rounds on the internet.
Semenya who’s a two-time Olympic championship defender, clocked 1min 54.98sec to beat Burundi’s Francine Niyonsaba, who clocked 1min 57.75sec and Ajee Wilson of the United States in 1min 58.83sec. This could Semenya’s last 800m victory before the court ruling over taking medication to deal with testosterone level comes into action in 8 May.
Newsmen asked Semenya if she is preparing to take the medication to lower her hormones, and she said ”Hell no. No way!”
“I don’t know what will happen next. But no-one should tell me what to do, if people want to stop me from doing something that’s their problem, not mine.”
After her current win, she told BBC: “Actions speak louder than words. When you’re a great champion you always deliver. With me, life has been simple. I’m just here to deliver for the people who love and support me. I’m enjoying each and every moment of my life maybe because I have the love I need from my people.”
Semenya, 28, was only added to the 800m start list in Doha on Thursday morning, a day after her appeal against a new rule regulating testosterone levels for women athletes was rejected by the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS), yet she delivered as usual.
We would not be shock to see Semenya quit the game following her tweet on Thursday, which says: “Knowing when to walk away is wisdom. Being able to is courage. Walking away with your head held high is dignity.”
The world class racer added to her statements after her victory that: “This is all about inspiring the world. This is more than a game, more than sports. This is about human dignity, human pride. What you do if youre inspiring the world. People fight me, I don’t fight them. I live life and I enjoy it.”
Aleck Skhosana, president of Athletics South Africa said, ”We are excited that Caster has done what she is known for, despite all the challenges that she is facing. We encourage her to stay focused and do what she does best, which is to run and conquer the world.”