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kluang
08-19-2009, 07:26 PM
http://sports.yahoo.com/olympics/news?slug=ap-worlds-gendertest&prov=ap&type=lgns


BERLIN (AP)—Facing questions about her gender, South African teenager Caster Semenya easily won the 800-meter gold medal Wednesday at the world championships.

Her dominating run came on the same day track and field’s ruling body said she was undergoing a gender test because of concerns she does not meet requirements to compete as a woman.

Semenya took the lead at the halfway mark and opened a commanding lead in the last 400 meters to win by a massive 2.45 seconds in a world-leading 1 minute, 55.45 seconds. Defending champion Janeth Jepkosgei was second and Jennifer Meadows of Britain was third in 1:57.93.

After crossing the line, Semenya dusted her shoulders with her hands. Semenya did not speak to reporters after the race or attend a news conference.

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About three weeks ago, the international federation asked South African track and field authorities to conduct the verification test. Semenya had burst onto the scene by posting a world-leading time of 1:56.72 at the African junior championships in Maruitius.

Her dramatic improvement in times, muscular build and deep voice sparked speculation about her gender. Ideally, any dispute surrounding an athlete is dealt with before a major competition. But Semenya’s stunning rise from unknown teenage runner to the favorite in the 800 happened almost overnight. That meant the gender test—which takes several weeks—could not be completed in time.

Before the race, IAAF spokesman Nick Davies stressed this is a “medical issue, not an issue of cheating.” He said the “extremely complex” testing has begun. The process requires a physical medical evaluation and includes reports from a gynecologist, endocrinologist, psychologist, internal medicine specialist and gender expert.

South Africa team manager Phiwe Mlangeni-Tsholetsane would not confirm or deny that Semenya was having such a test.

“We entered Caster as a woman and we want to keep it that way,” Mlangeni-Tsholetsane said. “Our conscience is clear in terms of Caster. We have no reservations at all about that.”

Although medals will be awarded for the 800, the race remains under a cloud until the investigation is closed, and Semenya could be stripped of the gold depending on the test results, IAAF general secretary Pierre Weiss said.

“But today there is no proof and the benefit of doubt must always be in favor of the athlete,” Weiss said.

Semenya’s rivals said they tried not to dwell on the issue before the race.

“I’ve heard a lot of speculation, but all I could do was just keep a level head and go about my business,” Meadows said. “If none of it’s true, I feel very sorry for her.”

One thing not in doubt was Semenya’s outstanding run.

“Nobody else in the world can do that sort of time at the moment,” Meadows said. “She obviously took the race by storm.”

she does not meet requirements to compete as a woman.

What the hell does this supposed to mean?

Mal
08-19-2009, 07:47 PM
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Freshgrease
08-19-2009, 08:34 PM
Does it have a penis or a vag? Was it really that hard?

livingITACHI
08-19-2009, 09:12 PM
well "it" might have been first a man and den became a woman... but by looking at the pics in the words Austin Powers- "it a MAN, MAN!!"

kluang
08-20-2009, 02:14 AM
track and field’s ruling body watchs too many futanari hentai

rokudaime_hokage
08-20-2009, 02:56 AM
what would you dooo for a gold medal?

kluang
08-20-2009, 06:43 AM
Dunno. Add a penis to be as fast as Bolt?

Trey
08-20-2009, 10:49 AM
Does it have a penis or a vag? Was it really that hard?

That alone does not determine if someone is a man or woman.

manta
08-20-2009, 03:57 PM
If she takes an urine test sitting its a woman, standing its a man. or just drop down your pants.

rokudaime_hokage
08-20-2009, 04:20 PM
ask his/her mom to determine?

naruto_nutty
08-20-2009, 04:53 PM
track and field’s ruling body watchs too many futanari hentai

hehehehe, since u actuaklly know what futanari hentai is i'm guessing you're a fan;)

Mal
08-20-2009, 05:06 PM
hehehehe, since u actuaklly know what futanari hentai is i'm guessing you're a fan;)That's stupid. I know what murder is, that doesn't mean I'm a fan.

Ninja48
08-20-2009, 05:59 PM
gender expert
What? Why is. Who. What?

manta
08-21-2009, 12:40 AM
why they didnt told us of that profession... :\

amhec
08-22-2009, 08:12 AM
Supposedly there's a difference between gender and sex

http://www.thoughtleader.co.za/readerblog/2009/08/21/whats-the-agender/

kluang
08-22-2009, 08:36 AM
Sex and Gender arent the same?

That the most bullshitist thing I've ever heard.

amhec
08-22-2009, 09:23 AM
"That the most bullshitist thing I've ever heard."

hehe, I agree. Read the link I posted :)

blake
09-14-2009, 11:18 PM
well she/he has the body of a woman. no penis, but instead of ovaries "they" have testes. So they produce unusual amounts of testosterone making them appear manish. So in this case its up to anyone to be the judge.

Azumi
09-15-2009, 03:02 AM
Sex and Gender arent the same?

That the most bullshitist thing I've ever heard.

Well if he meant sex as in "the act", then there really is a huge difference between it and gender.

Mal
09-15-2009, 09:45 AM
That's dumb Azumi. Did you even read the article?

Azumi
09-15-2009, 08:07 PM
That's dumb Azumi. Did you even read the article?

Actually, no. tl;dr


I only read Kluang's post. =D

Mal
09-16-2009, 11:31 AM
Don't post ignorantly, it just makes you look dumb.

Azumi
09-16-2009, 10:47 PM
Yeah, thanks Mal.

Anyways, about the article... So what if she won the 800 m dash and became an icon overnight? She must have practiced a lot and she's well built for that sport.

And oh shoot... "Gender and sex are not the same."
So this is some kind of an English vs. Science thing, huh?

Mal
09-16-2009, 11:42 PM
I don't know, I didn't read the article.