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Sunday 05, Dec 2010

  Testosterone levels of Semenya within normal range

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Testosterone levels of Semenya within normal rangeAccording to a press report in South Africa, testosterone levels of Caster Semenya were found to be within the range that allows her to participate in women’s races.

The report stated that Semenya’s testosterone levels were not much of a deterrent despite being higher than usual.

It is worthwhile to note that Semenya had a spectacular win at Berlin in the 800m World Championship final after which her testosterone levels were found three times higher than normal.

Saturday 06, Nov 2010

  South African runner withdrawn for excess testosterone

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South African runner withdrawn for excess testosteroneBritain’s Daily Telegraph has reported that 18-year-old South African runner, Caster Semenya, who won the 800 meters gold at the Berlin World Athletics Championships, was found to have tripled the normal female level of testosterone in her body.

It was reported by the BBC that a fax wrongly delivered to the wrong person led to the news outbreak.

IAAS representatives have asked the South African team to withdraw Semenya the competition after the news broke out.

Friday 10, Sep 2010

  Caster Semenya found to have excess of testosterone

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Caster Semenya found to have excess of testosteroneThe 18-year-old South African runner, Caster Semenya, who won the gold in the 800 meters at the World Athletics Championships in Berlin, was found to have tripled the normal female level of testosterone in her body, Britain’s Daily Telegraph reported.

The BBC reported that preliminary test results became known to the public after a fax was delivered to the wrong person.

Representatives from the IAAS have asked the team from South Africa to withdraw Semenya from competition in the wake of the findings.

Monday 31, Aug 2009

  Semenya found to have abnormally high testosterone level

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Semenya found to have abnormally high testosterone levelCaster Semenya, the 18-year-old South African runner who won the gold in the 800 meters at the World Athletics Championships in Berlin, was found to have three times the normal testosterone level.

According to BBC, reports regarding Semenya’s results leaked due to a fax letter sent to a wrong person.

Although high hormone levels does not always translate to a positive doping test, the results added to International Association of Athletics Federation’s insistent request for a gender verification.

Her preliminary medical test was performed in South Africa just days before leaving for Berlin for the World Championships.

Britain’s Telegraph reported that South African team head coach was Dr. Ekkart Arbeit, the same person who was accused by former East German athlete, Heidi Krieger now known as Andreas Krieger, of forcing her to use steroids. Damage was so severe that she had to undergo a sex change, where she now lives as a man.

It was not clear though, how closely Dr. Arbeit worked with Semenya.

IAAF representatives asked the South African team to withdraw Semenya from competition after the release of the findings.

Leonard Cheune, president of the South African athletics body and official representative of South Africa in the IAAF board, resigned his post in the IAAF. This is in protest to the association’s treatment of Semenya. According to him, it would be a conflict of interest if he will attack the board while still remaining as a member of its council.

From Brisbane Times:

Preliminary medical tests on the South African athlete at the centre of a gender row reportedly showed triple the normal female level of testosterone in her body.