Caster Semenya will do on 30 June, as Sifan Hassan, participated in the 3,000 meters at the Diamond League competition at Stanford. The South African runs in the U.S. her first race since the IAAF the much-debated rules on to high testosteronwaardes have entered.
The new rules of the international association of athletics about Differences of Sexual Development (DSD) on may 8, went into effect only for the medium distances (400 meters, 800 meters and 1,500 meters) and the hurdles, and not for the 3,000 metres.
The 28-year-old Semenya has a naturally high testosterone levels and would therefore be a huge advantage. They must be of the IAAF medication to the women may come out on the medium distances.
The two-time olympic champion on the 800 metres, however, has several times made it clear that they have absolutely no intention of is to which medicines to use. The 3,000 metres is a suitable alternative.
Semenya has in her career almost only the 400, 800 and 1,500 meter run. The 3,000 meter just is not an olympic distance. The longest olympic events on the track are the 3,000 metres steeplechase, the 5,000 metres and the 10,000 metres.
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Semenya runs in a very strong field
The 3,000 meters at Stanford has a very strong field of participants. In addition to Semenya and Hassan also do Almaz Ayana (olympic champion, 10,000 meters), Hellen Obiri (world champion 5,000 meters) and Genzebe Dibaba (world record holder at 1,500 metres). This means that four of the seven fastest women ever in the 5000 meters present in one race.
The Diamond League race in California is sponsored by Nike, also sponsor of Semenya. “We received a request from the manager of Semenya, or they with us, the 3,000 metres walk. Of course we said ‘yes’,” says Tom Jordan, the director of the contest in Stanford, against Reuters news agency.
In her last 800 metres under the old rules ran Semenya on 3 may in Doha is still an impressive race. She won the Diamond League race in a time of 1.54,98. So quickly was this year, not yet walking.