Caster Semenya was favoured to win the Gold Medal in middle distance, but there is still talk about her much higher than usual testosterone levels for a woman. Some still argue she should be competing against men.
The IAAF and IOC drafted regulations to limit the amount of natural testosterone allowed in the bodies of female athletes. After winning the 800 meters race at the World Championships in Berlin in 2009, Semenya was ordered to undergo a gender test by the IAAF.
My guest raced against Caster Semenya in the 2009 World Championship 800 meters and as well in the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games as she represented Australia at the 800 meter distance. My guest also won the Gold Medal at the 2009 World University Games in Belgrade.
My guest, Madeleine Pape, represented Australia in the 800m race during the 2008 Summer Olympic Games in Beijing and at the 2009 World Championship where she raced, and lost, against Semenya. Was she beaten by someone with an unfair intersex advantage (which the IAAF virtually declared)?
Pape is now a graduate student in sociology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. One of her areas of research interest is gender equality and sport. She now fully supports Caster Semenya and posted a piece on her blog titled, “Why I now stand with Caster Semenya”.