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Tokyo 2020: Caster Semenya fails to meet Olympic qualifying time for 5,000m as deadline passes | Athletics News

Caster Semenya was participating in a race in Belgium which was held after the Olympic qualifying deadline of June 29 had already expired; 30-year-old South African fell wanting the 15:10:00 qualifying mark

Last Updated: 01/07/21 12:06am

Caster Semenya failed in her newest try to attain the Olympic qualifying time for the 5,000m, however she wouldn’t have been included within the South Africa staff for the Tokyo Games even when she had.

The 30-year-old completed in fourth place with a time of quarter-hour, 50.12 seconds, in Belgium, assembly organizers mentioned, falling wanting the 15:10.00 qualifying mark.

Athletics South Africa mentioned Semenya had missed the deadline for Olympic entries, which was on Tuesday, they usually had been instructed by governing physique World Athletics no exceptions could be allowed.

“We did double check with World Athletics about the deadline and it was cast in stone. There would have been no special grace for Caster,” Athletics South Africa spokesman Sifiso Cele mentioned.

Double Olympic 800m champion Semenya has been barred from defending her title and from operating in occasions from 400m to 1 mile at high monitor meets below World Athletics testosterone guidelines.

She refuses to take testosterone-reducing medication, calling the rules unfair and discriminatory.

Semenya can now solely run within the 100 and 200m, or in long-distance races.

She mentioned in February she was difficult the testosterone coverage on the European Court of Human Rights in her third authorized enchantment.

Semenya has beforehand misplaced courtroom instances in opposition to World Athletics on the Court of Arbitration for Sport and on the Swiss supreme courtroom.

No date has been set for her case on the human rights courtroom but it surely’s unlikely it will be heard earlier than the Tokyo Games open on July 23.



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