Caster Semenya cruised to another national title on Friday 26 April as she closed out the second day of action at the ASA Senior Track and Field and Combined Events Championships at the Germiston Athletics Stadium. Semenya took the lead from the starting blocks, storming clear to win the women’s 1500m final in 4:13.59.
She won the 5,000m on Thursday in a modest time of 16:05.97, but it was only her second competitive 5,000m race. She has now won South African titles in the 400, 800m, 1,500m and 5,000m races, also having won an unprecedented treble in the 400m, 800m and 1,500m in 2011.
The Court of Arbitration for Sport is expected to release a decision on Tuesday in Semenya’s case against the IAAF, which involves the track and field body’s proposed rules that would require Semenya and other female athletes with high levels of natural testosterone to lower them through medication or surgery in order to be able to compete in competitions like the Olympics and World Championships.
The rules would apply to events from 400m to one mile races. If she loses the case, she would be able to compete in the 5,000m races without lowering her testosterone levels.