Gender bender row overshadows gold medal
SOUTH African teenager Caster Semenya strode to glory at the World Athletics Championship on Wednesday with a brilliant 800m performance.
Usain Bolt equally dominated the 100m and 200m.
Bolt was immediately lauded as an icon, one of the greatest athletes of all time.
Semenya is derided as a man, running in a female event.
This rumour emerged after Semenya ran the fastest time in the world this year at the African Junior Championships in Mauritius in July.
And just hours before her World Championship final, the IAAF announced gender tests would be carried out on her.
This rumour has begun only because she is running really fast and is really ugly.
But her run in the final was still outside the ten best ever recorded at this distance.
And such a dramatic improvement from 17-years-old to 18-years-old is not unheard of.
If being muscular and unattractive was enough to elicit gender tests, then the Williams sisters would have been in trouble years ago.
Or Liverpool’s Andrey Voronin should have raised a few questions for his over-feminine look.
I understand that genders can sometimes take people by suprise – just ask those who travel to Bangkok for its after-hours entertainment.
Surely working out Semenya’s gender is a simple test, that takes seconds on the newborn?
Failing that just ask her opinion about a cushion – if she has one, she is definately not a man.
Either way this whole situation cannot have been helped Semenya’s self-esteem.
Her coach Michael Seme said: “”We understand that people will ask questions because she looks like a man.”
That comment is a friendship-ender with every woman I know.
This is a tricky scenario.
If she is a man, she should rightly be thrown out of the sport in disgrace.
But so far there has been no real sign that she is.