• Caster Semenya Opens Season with 1500m and 5000m Victories in Pretoria

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South Africa's Caster Semenya made an early season opener with comfortable victories in the 1500m and 5000m races in Pretoria, South Africa on Saturday.

The three-time world champion and double Olympic champion over 800m easily won the1500m in 4:14.69. Later the same day, Semenya raced the 5000m and won with a time of 16:11.59 miles ahead of Glenrose Xaba who crossed the line in second place with a time of 16:53.61.

Caster Semenya competed 10 days before the Court for Arbitration of Sport (CAS) is expected to rule on her challenge to the IAAF’s female eligibility rules.

Last year IAAF introduced a new eligibility rule for female classification. The IAAF is seeking to force so-called “hyperandrogenic” athletes or those with “differences of sexual development” (DSD) to seek treatment to lower their testosterone levels below a prescribed amount of five nanomoles for at least six months.  

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