July 6th, 2010
10:38 AM ET

Caster Semenya can return to track, compete against women

Caster Semenya has been cleared to return back to the track.

South African world champion track star Caster Semenya, who was hampered by allegations regarding her gender, can return to her sport and compete alongside of other women, the International Association of Athletics Federations said Tuesday.

The 19-year-old track star was sidelined for 11 months because she was forced to undergo gender tests after she broke onto the scene with a stunning 800-meter victory at the world championships in August 2009 and controversy broke out over whether she is a man or a woman.

During the Berlin championships, where she won the gold in her first major event, Semenya attracted a lot of attention. Her muscular build, largely-improved times and widespread allegation about her gender sparked the IAAF to order the gender verification tests.

"The IAAF accepts the conclusion of a panel of medical experts that she can compete with immediate effect," the group said in a statement on the site. "Please note that the medical details of the case remain confidential and the IAAF will make no further comment on the matter

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  1. Brent

    Ain't no way that's a woman.

    July 6, 2010 at 10:44 am | Report abuse |
    • evoc

      Maybe 'she' is chimera.

      July 6, 2010 at 11:21 am | Report abuse |
  2. Kobe

    Isn't that the girl Eddie Murphy was busted soliciting?

    July 6, 2010 at 10:55 am | Report abuse |
  3. Glenn

    awww.. why be cruel? she's already going to suffer a lot of stigma over this. besides you never looked in her pants so how would you know

    July 6, 2010 at 10:57 am | Report abuse |
  4. Kim Naz

    Is there an Adam's Apple?

    July 6, 2010 at 11:00 am | Report abuse |
    • Cronkie

      No, but there is a Casters Apple.

      July 6, 2010 at 12:23 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Kamikaze


    July 6, 2010 at 11:01 am | Report abuse |
  6. Eric

    If the Williams sisters can get away with it, anyone can.

    July 6, 2010 at 11:02 am | Report abuse |
    • cyp225

      ......"Eric" what a horrible thing to say.......I guess you can't get pass the fact that they are talented.........deal with it!

      July 6, 2010 at 11:39 am | Report abuse |
    • lightningblt

      At least they look like a female

      July 6, 2010 at 11:40 am | Report abuse |
    • Tiffany

      Oh Eric, I bet you smell like pee, stuck in a wheelchair and live with your wilder beast mom. Stop hatin.

      July 6, 2010 at 11:50 am | Report abuse |
    • Chuck Woolery

      Sounds like we have a love connection
      Tiffany has a thang for Eric

      July 6, 2010 at 12:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rob

      Sounds like that R. Kelly song. How does it go? I want to pee on you... pee on you....

      July 6, 2010 at 5:47 pm | Report abuse |


      Your comments on the Williams sisters shows you are still stuck in the 60's and therefore cannot accept success by others. Seems very demeaning, or racial intent but you're showing your class with your comments.

      July 6, 2010 at 6:25 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Gragg

    World records to mzanzi now

    July 6, 2010 at 11:07 am | Report abuse |
  8. Monet

    This really made me sad for some reason. Can we ever get a break? Will we always have to be gold to pass for silver? When will our greatness be accepted and not scrutinized. I'm sorry Caster. One day we'll be home amongst our people.

    July 6, 2010 at 11:07 am | Report abuse |
  9. Jerry

    I think she is beautiful. OK, I love androgyny. If there is video of Caster and Bill Kaulitz together I want it!

    July 6, 2010 at 11:08 am | Report abuse |
  10. junior

    Guess all the other women runners might as well stay home, they can't compete with this.

    July 6, 2010 at 11:13 am | Report abuse |
  11. Patti

    I feel for the women that have to run against her.

    July 6, 2010 at 11:16 am | Report abuse |
    • sidhe

      Why feel sorry? Is someone stopping them from training harder?

      July 6, 2010 at 11:50 am | Report abuse |
  12. Frank

    Is it just me or does that picture look like a photoshop job? It looks like a man's head on..... well... a man's body?

    July 6, 2010 at 11:17 am | Report abuse |
  13. Kewpie

    Eric you are an ignoramous to suggest the Williams sisters are anything other than women.

    July 6, 2010 at 11:18 am | Report abuse |
    • cyp225

      I agree .........."Eric" doesn't seem too bright!

      July 6, 2010 at 11:41 am | Report abuse |
  14. ND

    Men and women are the same, there is absolutely NO difference between men and women....if you believe what they tell you in school.

    July 6, 2010 at 11:19 am | Report abuse |
  15. xrk9854

    Some evil posters here. Don't you realize how horrible all this publicity has been for her? After the news first broke she was actually on suicide watch for a while. Can we have some compassion?

    July 6, 2010 at 11:21 am | Report abuse |
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