Caster Semenya failed in his last attempt to qualify for this year’s Tokyo Olympics on Friday, finishing well outside the time limit for the 5,000-meter race.
The South African, who twice won 800-meter gold in 2012 and 2016, is banned from running her preferred distance after World Athletics ruled in 2018 that women with high levels of natural testosterone should take drugs to reduce them in order to compete in the middle. distance races.
Semenya has firmly refused to take such a drug to alter her testosterone levels and is contesting the decision.
22 seconds missed
As a result, she targeted the 5,000-meter race as her best chance to compete in Tokyo, but an attempt to finish in the qualifying bar failed at a meeting in Durban on Friday.
The race was specially organized to give her the opportunity to travel to the Japanese capital but she finished in 15: 32.15 seconds, more than 22 seconds outside the required qualifying time of 15 minutes and 10 seconds.
The 30-year-old continues to challenge the ruling of the sport’s governing body and has taken her case to the European Court of Human Rights, but an outcome is unlikely before the Tokyo Games start on July 23 .
jsi / msh (Reuters, AFP)