(Reuters) – South African Olympic champion Caster Semenya has been included in the roster for the 5,000-meter event at next week’s World Championships in Oregon.
Semenya, who achieved a personal best of 15: 31.50 in the event earlier this year, failed to reach the qualifying time of 15: 10.00.
He was also not included in the South African team for the championships, but will be able to compete after several top-ranked runners retired.
“There have been several withdrawals from other athletes around the world that have opened up the opportunity and World Athletics has made it possible for him to join,” an Athletics South Africa spokesman told Reuters in an email on Saturday.
Semenya, a two-time Olympic 800-meter champion, began running the 5,000-meter after being banned from competing in any 400-meter-one-mile race.
The governing body World Athletics determined in 2018 that to ensure fair competition, women with high levels of natural testosterone must take medications to reduce them to compete in mid-distance races.
Semenya, who refuses to take any medication to alter her testosterone levels, has had little success in the alternative distances in which she competed and failed to qualify for the Tokyo Olympics last year.
If the 31-year-old competes in next week’s championships, it will be her first appearance at a world championship or the Olympics since 2017, when she won her third world 800m title in London.
The World Championship will be held in Eugene, Oregon, beginning July 15th.
(Report by Aadi Nair in Bangalore; Edited by Shri Navaratnam)
Athletics-Semenya included in the list of entrants of 5,000 m for the world championships
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