Caster Semenya will compete in the Diamond League’s Prefontaine Classic 3,000 meters on June 30 in Stanford, Calif., a distance she can run without lowering her testosterone levels.
Semenya, who has twice won Olympic gold in the 800m, has been adamant that she will not be taking testosterone-lowering drugs to comply with new International Association of Sports Federations rules. ‘Athletics.
The race will be his first since the new rules came into force.
Barring an appeal, Semenya can no longer compete in his specialist event after losing his appeal against the new rules, with the Court of Arbitration for Sport saying the regulations were necessary to ensure fair competition.
The 3000 m flat is not contested at the Olympics, but a steeplechase over the distance is on the list of events.
Semenya will be part of a formidable field at the Prefontaine Classic that also includes 5,000m world champion Hellen Obiri and 2016 1,500m world indoor gold medalist Sifan Hassan.
“It was a request from Caster Semenya’s agent asking if she could run a 3,000,” meet manager Tom Jordan told Reuters. “Of course we said yes.”
The event is sponsored by Nike, which counts Semenya in its stable of athletes.
I’ll change races whenever I want – no one can tell me what to do.– Caster Semenya on the 3,000 meter race to avoid testosterone tests
Semenya became the South African national champion in the 5,000m in April, but is far from the best runners in the world at this distance.
Semenya clocked 1:54.98 – nearly three seconds ahead of Burundi’s Francine Niyonsaba – in her final 800 on May 3 at the Diamond League meet in Doha, Qatar.
WATCH | Semenya dominates the 1st event since the CAS decision:
“I’ll change races whenever I want – no one can tell me what to do. I’m here for a purpose, if I want to change events I change them, but if someone wants me to change them I’m here for a purpose. is their own problem, not mine.
“I’m a power athlete; I can run 100 meters to 5 kilometers, so I can run any race I want.”
The Prefontaine Classic is being held at Stanford this year while a new stadium is being built in Eugene, Oregon for the 2021 World Championships in Athletics.