Just two days after the Court of Arbitration for Sport ruled against the South African she will race over two laps in Doha.
With Lord Coe’s comment that he was ‘grateful’ for the recent CAS ruling still fresh in the press the Doha start list was updated with the addition of Semenya’s name. The move is in advance of the ruling, which takes affect on the eighth of May.
Semenya will now run in the eye of the storm with the world’s press focused on the race. Could this be the fuel needed for her to crack Kratochvílová’s 36 year old world record?
Caster Semenya has confirmed she will consider appealing the CAS ruling. As it stands tomorrow’s race represents her final chance to compete before the restrictions come into force. New rules will prevent her from competing at future 800m Diamond League races and the World Championships in Doha later this year. This is unless Semenya artificially lowers her testosterone levels.
A last middle distance effort?
As the rules stand this could be the final chance to see the Olympic Champion, with a best of 1:55.45, race middle distance events. Semenya did win the South African 5000m championships just last weekend. In only her second ever 5000m race the international star ran 16:05.97 and beat defending national champion by eight seconds. She also won the 1500m national title the night before.
The addition of Semenya to the meet will be sure to boost the focus on the opening Diamond league of the season. Full details on the meet and start lists can be found on the Diamond League website.