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South African Runner with Gender Questions Accused of Losing Race on Purpose

Some track and field experts are wondering if Caster Semenya out of South Africa might have thrown her race on purpose.  Semenya, who was originally banned from competing in the past after questions emerged about her gender, is believed to have deliberately tanked the race in order to avoid the scrutiny that comes with a gold medal.

The 800-meter run, won by Russia’s Mariya Savinova, didn’t appear to be the contest that it could have been, since some thought that Semenya literally slowed down throughout the race so that she would not win.   After winning the world championships in 2009, Semenya was banned for 11 months as experts debated whether or not she was actually a woman.

In this race, Semenya was at the back of the pack and didn’t push forward until the last 200 meters, leaving plenty of gas in her tank. discusses:

After the race, track and field aficionados questioned her tactics. The BBC’s David Ornstein said it appeared that Semenya “had more left in the tank.” His story quoted BBC commentator Kelly Holmes, who won this event in the 2004 Olympics, suggesting that Semenya hadn’t made her best effort: “She looked very strong, she didn’t look like she went up a gear, she wasn’t grimacing at all. I don’t know if her head was in it, when she crossed the line she didn’t look affected.” Meanwhile, Sports Illustrated senior writer Tim Layden tweeted that Semenya “seemed oddly disengaged most of race and not tired at end.”

Semenya attempted to argue that she simply wasn’t feeling it and that her “body was not really on fire today,” but some are speculating otherwise.  Even before the race, some were saying that she would be damned if she did and damned if she didn’t.  If she were to win, she’d be accused of cheating.  If she loses, she’d be accused of losing deliberately.

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In 2009, Semenya got the attention of the global community when she improved her personal best by an unbelievable eight seconds.

“The combination of her stunning drop in time, her deep voice, and her armor-like torso elicited venom from some of her competitors,” wrote David Epstein from Sports Illustrated.

Neither the IAAF nor Semenya’s people have revealed the results of the gender test, but Sports Illustrated says the following: “the results … reportedly showed that while Semenya has external female genitalia, she has internal testes, no womb or ovaries and elevated levels of testosterone. This means that she has what doctors call a disorder of sexual development, and has some traits that are typically associated with women and others that are typically associated with men.”

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  1. Elizabeth

    August 13, 2012 at 9:30 am

    It is 84 days until the election and this is the only junk we see on African-American blogs. Let’s talk election and what Romney-Ryan have planned for you:
    Huge new tax cuts for the super-rich on top of extending the Bush tax cuts
    Turning Medicare into a voucher program
    Making massive cuts to vital programs like Medicaid, food stamps, Pell Grants, and job training
    New increases in military spending — even as President Obama ends two wars
    Let me put this as simply as I can: Paul Ryan is the author of everything we’ve been fighting against in Washington since Republicans took control of the House — and now Mitt Romney wants him to be vice president.

    • 3d2002

      August 13, 2012 at 10:45 am

      I totally agree Elizabeth. We’re about to be totally screwed if these two get into office! People, we need to wake up, this is only the beginning and it’s only going to get worst if we don’t stand up to what’s right!

    • Debby

      August 13, 2012 at 2:17 pm

      Elizabeth, life still goes on even in an election year. Are you saying that we shouldn’t discuss anything except politics?

  2. Juney

    August 13, 2012 at 10:14 am

    I feel sorry for her. She had no choice in the actions taken at birth and has no choice in how we view her today. If she chooses to leave track and field, due to the position we have put her in, I hope she will shed light on the decisions doctors/parents make at childbirth.

  3. d-rhyme

    August 13, 2012 at 11:54 am

    Intersex is a diisease. Just as gay is mental illness. She needs surgery just as gays need a psychiatrist. Please do the AA way and admit the disease. If no admission there can be no healing. You cannot become “normal” by labeling your friends the ill or crazy ones. Your true friends want you to get help. Your true
    enemies “offer you another drink”. You are killing yousekf and us with you.

    • Debby

      August 13, 2012 at 2:51 pm

      d-rhyme, intersexed people do not have a disease, it’s a condition. And just exactly what do you suppose she do about it? Who has the right to decide which gender she needs to become. The real problem here is that Bible thumpers can’t handle the conundrum, that intersexed people create for they’re closed minded brains. They see everything as black & white, then along comes an intersex and it challanges their world.

      • d-rhyme

        August 13, 2012 at 10:55 pm

        Are you retarded? This man will die if the abdominal testes are not removed soon. The testes become malignant. Infertility is a disorder – a disease. She cannot have kids. Please get treatment for your obvious thought disorder. I am sure the truth is difficult but like in AA it is a must for treatment. I hope you are mature enough to realize you are wrong here.

        • d-rhyme

          August 13, 2012 at 11:01 pm

          Having testes in your abdomen is a disease. Chromosome ABNORMALITY. Or disease. No uterus a disease. No penis a disease. Must I continue? I would erase that comment if I were you so people don’t start laughing at you.

  4. Derrick

    August 13, 2012 at 12:31 pm

    Matthew 19:12 ESV / 39 helpful votes

    “For there are eunuchs who have been so from birth, and there are eunuchs who have been made eunuchs by men, and there are eunuchs who have made themselves eunuchs…”

    A ENUCH is another name for a male with woman genetilia or a women with male genitilia.. in other words a hermaphrodite!


    In biology, a hermaphrodite is an organism that has reproductive organs normally associated with both male and female sexes.

    Hermaphroditism is also found in some fish species and to a lesser degree in other vertebrates. Most plants are also hermaphrodites.

    Historically, the term hermaphrodite has also been used to describe ambiguous genitalia and gonadal mosaicism in individuals of gonochoristic species, especially human beings.

    The word hermaphrodite entered the English lexicon in the late 14th century, derived from the Greek Hermaphroditos, the son of the Greek god Hermes and the goddess Aphrodite. Recently, the word intersex has come into preferred usage for humans, since the word hermaphrodite is considered to be misleading and stigmatizing, as well as “scientifically specious and clinically problematic.”

    I could tell she did not try to win! She could’ve won the race, but I OVERstand where she was coming from. It’s amazing how those fe-male weight lifters, WHO LOOK LIKE MEN, or those fe-male shot putt throwers, WHO LOOK LIKE MEN, nothing is ever said about their masculinity. But, this wo-man is treated with the utmost of DISRESPECT!!!

    A piece of gold around her neck means nothing to her because her RESPECT is priceless!!!

    • Derrick

      August 13, 2012 at 12:32 pm

      Let me add: During biblical times a eunuch was a castrataed male! NOW, DO THE MATH!!!

  5. Insightful

    August 13, 2012 at 2:38 pm

    I notice her lack of interest in the race too, but I am sorry she had to make a decision so tuff. Cause I’m sure she had no choice in the matter whether 2be in the Olympics or not. I am sure that decision was made 4her/him?

  6. d-rhyme

    August 13, 2012 at 2:48 pm

    Derreick, you sound like a gay man. What is normal for plants and animals is disease for humans. A small number of humans have genetic ambiguity. All are infertile and most need treatment to live a full life. If you have functioning female organs you are female. Likewise for males. Gay men and lesbians have no inner feminine brain wise. Both hate women. Lesbians hate themselves and men. Hence its all in your mind if your genitals are normal. This runner should have her testes removed for she is in fact a male. Should run with men not women. You cannot have testes and be a woman. Her vagina is a blind pouch. Both she and the blade runner need to accept the hand of fate with spiritual maturity. If we accept their abnormality then the flood gates are opened.

    • Derrick

      August 13, 2012 at 3:16 pm

      Far from being gay, little dude! I just post the Truth, but looks like I STRUCK A NERVE, eh? lol

      Anyway, you can’t compare a damn plant with a HUMAN; there is a difference you little gay guy! You think just like your caucasoid counterparts; always comparing a human to an animal or plant. IT DON’T WORK LIKE THAT, BOY/GIRL whatever you are.

      I could care less what she/he is because she will still be ridiculed, regardless what gender she is because SHE IS BLACK! The racist media loves to tear down Black men and women BUT, they’re the most freakish group of animals on the planet.

      By the way…how come NOBODY is commenting on the 75 year old lady, who has muscles and built like a man, but y’all want to down this lady?

      The blade runner should’ve been in the HANDICAPPED races because he is Truly handicapped!!! This woman was tested and she is wo-MAN. If she didn’t have the correct body parts; they would not have let her run AGAIN in the olympic race.

      Proverbs 23:7 reads: “For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he…”

      ARE YOU A GAY GUY, A GAY FE-male, or a EUNUCH?


      • d-rhyme

        August 13, 2012 at 11:12 pm

        Not gay nor a little dude. Misunderstood you. I apologize. You still my ace. LOL. A joke OK.

  7. Allison

    August 13, 2012 at 4:12 pm

    H E R M A P H R O D I T E …………….!

  8. Allison

    August 13, 2012 at 4:15 pm

    OR…..P S E U D O H E R M A P H R O D I T E ……..!

  9. nothesamebitch

    August 13, 2012 at 4:54 pm

    you are one sorry stupid bit$h

  10. nothesamebitch

    August 13, 2012 at 4:55 pm

    Obama 2012

  11. onmyway2012

    August 13, 2012 at 7:49 pm

    I feel for Caster for the offensive, obscene, and insulting way she was treated. Every time she raced, the commentors kept bringing up the controversy, then had the never to try to evoke sympathy towards her as if they were genuinely sympathetic to her. Bunch of vultures. I don’t blame her for her actions because her country let her down in not protecting her privacy. I’ll keep her heartfelt prayers.

  12. jeb

    August 13, 2012 at 8:55 pm

    why is such a group of people hated for the color of their skin? If we excel in anything it is always question? When the females in Germany, Russia, and even China was using enhancement drugs, it took a long time in some cases for it to be publicize even though there was concrete evidence. But, when Blacks do it “the old fashion way” like train real hard, strict diets, and determination…there is a doubt of unbelief by the media and those who are racist. That’s why it is so important that Blacks know there history and keep moving forward to achieve every GOAL IN LIFE. WE ARE CREATED IN THE IMAGE AND AFTER THE LIKENESS OF GOD. period!

  13. Brother Ali

    August 14, 2012 at 2:14 pm

    The issue that everyone seems to miss is the inherent hypocrisy in demanding totally “equality” of the sexes and then having separate sporting events for men and women—which inherently discriminate against men.

  14. John H. Hill

    August 15, 2012 at 9:48 am

    I refuse to comment out of total ignorance, which is what I would be doing in this case. I still feel sorry for her. As far as politics is concerned, I see nothing more important at this time. It is one of the few things in this world that we can fix.

  15. d-rhyme

    August 15, 2012 at 10:13 am

    She was found to have testes not ovaries in her abdomen. Got more balls than you Derrick. Lol a joke OK.

  16. d-rhyme

    August 15, 2012 at 10:24 am

    The gays think she is a poster child for their sexual orientation . They allowed this man to be exposed to the cruel world when castor has a serious illness and will need surgery to survive. I do hope no delay of surgery has been taken for this parading her in public for their own desires. Being black she is just a pawn to them. They will lie that she is normal and make her not want to be treated. Mentally ill people see people especially. Poor ones as objects and pawns only. He will probably be made a woman when testes are removed. This is racism and manipulation of a low mean order. His health is no concern when it is the only concern.

  17. Michael Flannery

    August 15, 2012 at 6:57 pm

    Isn’t this all about categorization? We need to put people into specific boxes and label them. If they don’t fit in the box, we squash them a bit until they do. Caster did not make the choice to be what she is.
    As to the allegations of her throwing the race – I have seen her run many times, and she is a terrible tactician, she settles at the back of the field and doesn’t ever make her move until after she comes around the last bend. Often, as a result, she runs out of track, and leaves herself too much ground to make up in the last couple of hundred metres. If they started the last bend a hundred metres earlier, she’d win most times.
    Much ado about nothing.

  18. d-rhyme

    August 16, 2012 at 12:54 am

    This is worse racism than what the Italian athlete said. If this woman dies soon from no surgery I bet her promoters wont even care. Truly sociopathic and no conscience . You must show feelings for people if you plan to lead in the right direction. John Lennon ‘s dream is imaginary and beautiful but not practical or desirable. He probably had too much LSD. Beautiful but not realistic. Native Americas do not and will not give up their culture for the “superior one”. If you suppress, punish, or destroy people for an ideal it is not an ideal. Hypocrisy in action. Teach the ideal. Truth is the only ideal.

  19. d-rhyme

    August 16, 2012 at 1:01 am

    People are born EVERYDAY with illness or maladys that need correction. Born that way? I guess we should not treat people since they were born that way. NOT!! Thought disorders make no sense.

  20. Consuelo

    August 18, 2012 at 4:06 pm

    Semenya was banned from competing in the past due to her gender uncertainty. Afther lengthy meetings with the olympic commitee and medical personnels she was allowed to run. We do not have the slightest idea as to what must have been said to her by these people during this uncomfortable investigation…one she is not responsible for, but nature. I suspect adivice given to her, plus the mental torture (she is only human) must have had some psychological effect on her thus resulting in her performance (dammed which ever way she performed).
    Thanks “d-hyrme” for apologizing to “Derrick” – he was only educating the masses with facts as opposed to his personal opinion.
    Hats off to “Elizabeth” who is reminding us that in 84 days we will be having an election that could result in the super rich benefitting from the outcome, if African American do not get their act together–go out and vote and focus on truth at this time.
    Lets stay focus and get real.

  21. Taunya

    September 1, 2012 at 11:15 am

    The Republicians have a desire to change this US into a two class system ” the poor and the rich” the poor will then serice the rich. There will be no between if you are poor that is all you and the generations that are born from you. Oh yes we really need to wake up for the attempts of a new order is trying to form if the republicans get into office. Watch the movies the “Hunger Games”. As for Lady Caster the track star who should be supported in every way. Her strenght should be commented she stayed well minded in a country where ignorant men rule over women. Some of these women are fighting against these sub treatments but not only do they have to fight those ignorant men but some women as well who don’t know to want better for themselves. We need to lift her and many others who are fighting for their rights as respected women in pray to “The Most High God” and not judge because there is nothing to judge.

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