Caster Semenya Is Making The Sport ‘Difficult’ – Lynsey Sharp

Great Britain’s 800m runner, Lynsey Sharp who finished sixth in the final of the 800m race has criticised the decision to allow South African athlete, Caster Semenya compete.

Caster Semenya who won gold in Rio has been under intense scrutiny since winning the world championship in 2009 amid reports that she has higher testosterone levels than most women. The incidence of high testosterone levels in women is called hyperandrogenism and there are speculations that it improves athletic performance.

Despite the IAAF pressing its case, the Court of Arbitration for Sport ruled that it was “unable to conclude that hyperandrogenic female athletes may benefit from such a significant performance advantage that it is necessary to exclude them from competing in the female category.”

After Semenya finished first again in Rio last night, more questions are being asked. A tearful Lynsey Sharp said after the race, “I have tried to avoid the issue all year. You can see how emotional it all was. We know how each other feels. It is out of our control and how much we rely on people at the top sorting it out. The public can see how difficult it is with the change of rule but all we can do is give it our best.

“I was coming down the home straight, we were not far away and you can see how close it is. That is encouraging. We will work hard and aim to come back even stronger.”