In her early years as an athlete, Caster Semenya faced a relentless and controversial journey. The South African track sensation catapulted to global fame in 2009 when she clinched the 800m gold at the World Athletics Championships in Berlin, a remarkable feat at the tender age of 18. However, this momentous achievement was overshadowed by persistent questions about her gender, fueled by her extraordinary speed, muscular physique, and distinctive vocal tone. The global athletics governing body, formerly known as the IAAF (now World Athletics since 2019), mandated gender verification tests on the eve of her race due to mounting speculation and rumors.
In a much-anticipated race at last Friday's Monaco Diamond League, Sifan Hassan took on Faith Kipyegon over 1500m. Hassan, the 2019 world 1500m champ, had recently announced she would concentrate on the 5000m and 10,000 at the Olympics. Kipyegon, the 2016 Olympic 1500m champ, is all about the 1500m and will look to defend her title come Tokyo:
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Josh Kerr, the reigning 1500m world champion, has expressed his deep disappointment at not making it onto the shortlist for the BBC Sports Personality of the Year award. In a lighthearted manner, he quipped about his curiosity to see the meeting notes that led to his exclusion from the final six nominees.
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New Zealand long-distance runner Zane Robertson has been banned from competing for eight years after testing positive for a prohibited substance and tampering with the doping control process, according to the Sports Tribunal. Robertson, who won bronze for New Zealand at the 2014 Commonwealth Games and participated in the last two Olympics, was found to have taken Erythropoietin (EPO), a banned substance, and tampered with the doping control process.
NB: The world’s most eco-friendly running shoe company is coming. Sign-up to follow their story HERE…. An article by Brett Davies The Olympics at Los Angeles in 1984 saw Britain 's 'big three' - Sebastian Coe, Steve Ovett and Steve Cram - compete at the Games in the 800m & 1500m. World record-holder Coe &...
Former Olympic gold medallist Taoufik Makhloufi has pulled out of the Tokyo Games due to a knee injury. The 33-year-old was a medal hope in Japan after winning 800m and 1500m silvers at the 2016 Rio Olympics and 1500m silver at the 2019 Doha world championships. He is the 2012 1500m Olympic champion.
Australia’s Olympic Track and Field team has been plunged into isolation after an athlete was potentially exposed to COVID-19. It has been reported that the test is connected to team USA.