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Semenya triumphs 2 000m race in Paris amid IAAF fight

Caster Semenya - Sports Leo

28-year-old South African athlete Caster Semenya bounced back to cruise to victory at 2,000m at the Meeting de Montreuil in Paris.

It was Semenya’s first race since filing an appeal against the IAAF’s guidelines on restricting testosterone levels in female runners.

The two-times 800m Olympic champion finished in 5min 38.19sec beating Ethiopian pair Hawi Feysa and Adanech Anbesa.

Commenting on the controversial new gender ruling, Semenya told BBC Sport:

“I am a talented athlete, I am not worried.”

“I can run any event I want. It can be 100m, 200m, the long jump, heptathlon – you name it.”

South Africa included the three-time world champion in their preliminary squad to participate in World Championships in Doha this year to compete at 800m. However, her participation lies in the hands of Switzerland’s Federal Supreme Court.

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