''Manly woman'' wins gold medal: Controversy, curiosity ingnited over runner Caster Semenya [video]

Posted by JD Uy
August 25, 2009 4:19 PM |

''We have to wait and see. I think that we have to give it it's due, at this point, and take them at face value that she's entered into the race, and the gender is what the South African's claim that the gender is.... I noticed, after the race, noone -- there was no celebration. There was no cheers.''

Sports commentator and former sprinter Michael Johnson giving a synopsis of the controversy surrounding Caster Semenya, an 18-year-old runner from South African who won a gold medal by such a wide margin that a gender verification test has been ordered. (via YouTube)

''I have no idea about that thing, because I don't hear that thing. Who said it, and I don't know. I don't give a dam about it.''

Caster Semenya responding to a reporter's inquiry about rumors that she was born male. Semenya recently won a gold medal in the women's 800m. And questions about her gender and possible involvement in ''doping,'' arise from the outward masculine indications including her musculature, her voice, and her breakout athletic ability. Even her short cornrows look out of place as she runs along side her pony-tailed competitors. (KCAL)

''I've no doubt about what I see. It's my girl. She comes from me. I gave birth to that girl, she came from my womb.''

Dorcus Semenya, mother of gold medal-winning runner Caster Semenya who's gender is in doubt despite the ability to produce a birth certificate which indicates she is female. (BBC)

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