Latest Caster Semenya News

McLaughlin, Muhammad cruise into 400 hurdles final at worlds

Jul. 20, 2022 22:16 PM EDT

EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — Sydney McLaughlin coolly cruised through her semifinal heat of the 400-meter hurdles on a steamy night at the track. Hardly pressed and conserving energy near the finish, the Olympic champion and world-record holder finished in a time of 52.17 seconds at the...

Semenya finishes 13th, doesn't advance in 5,000 at worlds

Jul. 20, 2022 21:51 PM EDT

EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — In one way, this race was like so many in the past for Caster Semenya. When she crossed the finish line, there wasn't anyone near her. This race, though, was the 5,000 meters — not her specialty, the 800 — and when Semenya crossed the line all alone, she...

Caster Semenya is back, so is her sport's thorniest problem

Jul. 19, 2022 13:47 PM EDT

CAPE TOWN, South Africa (AP) — Champion runner Caster Semenya heads into this year's world championships with virtually no chance to win. On Wednesday in Eugene, Oregon, the 31-year-old, three-time world champion at 800 meters will run instead in the 5,000-meter race. She is not...

In big surprise, Semenya listed to run at worlds in Eugene

Jul. 08, 2022 17:06 PM EDT

CAPE TOWN, South Africa (AP) — Caster Semenya is listed to compete at next week's world championships in Eugene, Oregon, potentially setting up a surprise return to the big stage for the two-time Olympic champion who is still banned from her favorite race, and still at the heart of one of sport's...

Swimming's new transgender policy could impact other sports

Jun. 22, 2022 17:04 PM EDT

Bans on transgender women in international swimming and rugby this week opened the door for track and field to consider following suit in what could turn into a wave of policy changes in Olympic sports. The announcement Sunday by swimming's governing body, FINA, was followed quickly...

EXPLAINER: Title IX update faces polarized challenges

Jun. 19, 2022 21:35 PM EDT

At least 19 states now either bar or limit participation in sports by transgender athletes, who are at the center of a polarizing, politicized debate, even though only a fraction of them are believed to be among America's 8.5 million high school and college athletes. Transgender...

Title IX's next battle: The rights of transgender athletes

Jun. 19, 2022 21:34 PM EDT

When the gender equity legislation known as Title IX became law in 1972, the politics of transgender sports was not even a blip in the national conversation. Today, it is one of the sharpest dividing points in American culture. As the transformational law heads into its second...

Taye wins 5K on opening night of the Prefontaine Classic

May. 28, 2022 01:38 AM EDT

EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — Ejgayehu Taye of Ethiopia bested world record holder Letesenbet Gidey in the 5,000 meters at the Prefontaine Classic on Friday night. Taye surged on the final lap to win in a meet record and personal best 14 minutes, 12.98 seconds, ahead of fellow Ethiopian...

World 100 champion Coleman back up to speed after suspension

May. 27, 2022 14:02 PM EDT

The 18-month suspension is behind Christian Coleman. He's set on quickly returning to where he left off: Being the world's top sprinter. This weekend's Prefontaine Classic will be a big first step in what could be a prosperous run in Eugene, Oregon, for the 100-meter world champion. ...

Semenya says she offered to show track officials her body

May. 23, 2022 19:45 PM EDT

Double Olympic champion Caster Semenya said she offered to show her vagina to athletics officials when she was just 18 years old to prove she was a female. In an interview with HBO Real Sports, she also accused track and field's world governing body of making her take medication if she wanted to...