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Caster Semenya wins 800m in Doha

VICTORY: Caster Semenya's win in the 800m in Doha comes days after a devastating loss at the Court of Arbitration for Sport

CASTER SEMENYA has won the 800m in the Diamond League event in Doha.

The South African athlete’s victory on the track comes just two days after the Court of Arbitration for Sport ruled against her appeal of the new IAAF rules.

Semenya had challenged the athletics’ governing bodies regulations that restrict the level of testosterone in female runners.

It’s the 30th consecutive win in the 800m for Semenya.

In second place was Burundi’s Francine Niyonsaba, the United States’ Ajee Wilson placed third.

Following the decision made by Cas, speculation over Semenya’s future in the sport has increased.

After she posted a tweet about walking away, fans fearing she might retire reacted with messages of support, with many calling for her to continue to persevere.

“We will fight for you African sister, champion of the ppl, who gives hope & inspiration to the world. We will never give up. Athletes from around the world - please stand up against this injustice. Don't allow racism, sexism to win the day. #HandsOffCasterSemenya,” one fan wrote.

Another supporter said: “This is no longer just only about you #CasterSemenya, it's about every other black female athlete who gets bullied for being Great. Please don't walk away, this is your calling #JustDoItForCaster.”

The 28-year-old has not publicly confirmed or denied details of what she plans to do next.

Under the new IAAF regulations, Semenya, who has naturally high levels of testosterone, will be required to take medication to lower the amount of the hormone in her system in order to compete in her events.

In a statement Cas secretary-general Matthieu Reeb said the majority of the panel found the regulations, which apply to athletes with differences of sexual development, as discriminatory but “necessary, reasonable and proportionate” in order for the IAAF to achieve its objective of preserving the integrity of female athletics.
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