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    South African teen wins 800 amid gender-test flap - Olympics - Yahoo! Sports

    BERLIN (AP)—Facing questions about her gender, South African teenager Caster Semenya easily won the 800-meter gold medal Wednesday at the world championships.
    Her dominating run came on the same day track and field’s ruling body said she was undergoing a gender test because of concerns she does not meet requirements to compete as a woman.
    Semenya took the lead at the halfway mark and opened a commanding lead in the last 400 meters to win by a massive 2.45 seconds in a world-leading 1 minute, 55.45 seconds. Defending champion Janeth Jepkosgei was second and Jennifer Meadows of Britain was third in 1:57.93.
    After crossing the line, Semenya dusted her shoulders with her hands. Semenya did not speak to reporters after the race or attend a news conference.

    About three weeks ago, the international federation asked South African track and field authorities to conduct the verification test. Semenya had burst onto the scene by posting a world-leading time of 1:56.72 at the African junior championships in Maruitius.
    Her dramatic improvement in times, muscular build and deep voice sparked speculation about her gender. Ideally, any dispute surrounding an athlete is dealt with before a major competition. But Semenya’s stunning rise from unknown teenage runner to the favorite in the 800 happened almost overnight. That meant the gender test—which takes several weeks—could not be completed in time.
    Before the race, IAAF spokesman Nick Davies stressed this is a “medical issue, not an issue of cheating.” He said the “extremely complex” testing has begun. The process requires a physical medical evaluation and includes reports from a gynecologist, endocrinologist, psychologist, internal medicine specialist and gender expert.
    South Africa team manager Phiwe Mlangeni-Tsholetsane would not confirm or deny that Semenya was having such a test.
    “We entered Caster as a woman and we want to keep it that way,” Mlangeni-Tsholetsane said. “Our conscience is clear in terms of Caster. We have no reservations at all about that.”
    Although medals will be awarded for the 800, the race remains under a cloud until the investigation is closed, and Semenya could be stripped of the gold depending on the test results, IAAF general secretary Pierre Weiss said.
    “But today there is no proof and the benefit of doubt must always be in favor of the athlete,” Weiss said.
    Semenya’s rivals said they tried not to dwell on the issue before the race.
    “I’ve heard a lot of speculation, but all I could do was just keep a level head and go about my business,” Meadows said. “If none of it’s true, I feel very sorry for her.”
    One thing not in doubt was Semenya’s outstanding run.
    “Nobody else in the world can do that sort of time at the moment,” Meadows said. “She obviously took the race by storm.”

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    This is going to be such a horrible insult if it turns out she's 100% female. And what if she has the right anatomical parts, but has some sort of androgenization condition (hormonal, genetic, is a hermaphrodite, etc), what then?

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    Her build is very masculine.
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    That's true, but I've seen that build on girls in real life, especially within the track and field world.

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    They stripped an Indian runner of a medal a few years back when she failed a gender test.
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    I wonder what specifically the gender test requires.

    *I looked and found this interactive tutorial about how gender tests for athletes may be conducted.

    HHMI's BioInteractive - Gender Testing of Female Athletes

    The specific example they showed was an athlete who had female anatomy but was an XY male genetically because she had a condition called CAIS, Complete Androgen Insensitivity Syndrome. They let CAIS individuals qualify and compete as women because their bodies are developed like women, and have no unfair advantage I guess.
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    A lot of female athletes look like men. The secret: steroids.
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    Look at Marion Jones body - she was very mascular in her days but kinda of pretty.

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    Over the years people have proved that they are willing to cheat to win so I wouldn’t be surprised if someone would lie about their gender.

    Wasn’t there a “woman” who was a pretty good athlete like 10 – 15 years ago and when she died they discovered she was a man? Or did I just dream that?

    BONUS: My friend played football/soccer and she had two team mates that had to pull their pants down to prove they were girls when they had games! How degrading…
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    All kidding aside, not everyone can be squeezed into our diametrical concept of gender. There are shades of grey. You can't ban hermaphrodites from participating in sports.
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    OMG Michael K is awesome!

    You know, this could easily be resolved in a matter of seconds. Just get Tommy Girl to sniff her up and down. If his extra terrestrial peen stays limp like a soggy noodle and his Scientolohole doesn't slobber like a Mastiff, then Caster is 100% WOMAN! It's that easy.
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    I've always thought Ana Guevara from Mexico looked like a man:

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    I'm more amazed at how fast she is... did you see how far ahead of everyone else caster was?

    my god.. so young too

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    Quote Originally Posted by Moongirl View Post
    I've always thought Ana Guevara from Mexico looked like a man:
    This picture made me think of Jim Carrey playing Vera de Milo:

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    ^^ Vera!!!!

    If this is a woman, she's had a rough life.


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