Caster Semenya to return to athletics after surprise listing for World Championships

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Caster Semenya has been listed to compete at next week’s World Athletics Championships in Oregon, potentially setting up a surprise return to the big stage for the two-time Olympic champion.

Semenya, one of the sport’s most contentious athletes, was listed on Friday for the women’s 5,000 metres.

It is an event she has turned to after being banned from running in her favourite 800m race under track and field’s testosterone regulations.


Semenya’s inclusion on a competitor list released by World Athletics was unexpected because she did not make the qualifying time for the 5,000m event and was not included in the South Africa team for the World Championships named this week.

NBC reported Semenya was moved up onto the list after some higher-ranked runners did not enter the championships.

South Africa’s track federation and Semenya’s representatives did not immediately respond to requests for clarification.

If she runs, it will be the first time Semenya has appeared at a World Championships or Olympics since 2017, when she won her third world title in the 800.

She also has two Olympic golds over two laps but has been barred from running in races from 400m to one mile since 2019 under rules that bar women who have a particular intersex condition called 46,XY difference in sex development.

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