Caster Semenya dominated the 800m for a decade. She also battled the global federations, who should have dealt with the issue almost 2 decades ago, but did not. At the height of her career, CAS ruled in World Athletics favor and Semenya had 2 choices: a. take a testosterone lowering drug, which has many side effects or b. race under 400m or over 1,500m. She is now focused on the 200m.
Can she succeed? Semenya has already succeeded. Caster Semenya has shown that, by her demeanor and her discussions, that while she may disagree with the WA and CAS, she loves the sport and loves the sense of competition.
We look forward to seeing her compete in the 200m.
PRETORIA (RSA): Caster Semenya, who is aiming to qualify for the 200m at next year’s Olympic Games in Tokyo, has a new coach, informs City Press 24. Semenya will be coached by unheralded 28-year-old Koketso Mogapi, who has a 7.71m long jump PB and a 10.42 100m PB. Her former coach Jean Verster also believes the postponement of Tokyo 2020 could play to her advantage. “I think the fact that the Olympics has been moved back by a year is actually in her favour because it gives her another year to work on her speed, power and explosiveness. These are all components she needs to work on more as a sprinter than she would have as an 800m runner,” he said. Semenya said this year she wants to qualify for Olympic Games in the 200 m.
How do I get into my zone before a race?I shut everything out & focus only on the finish line. In that moment,that line is all that exists in my world.That is how to chase your dream,no matter what.
Watch my journey here https://t.co/A6QpMgpMSh #ChaseYourDreamSA #ChaseYourDream pic.twitter.com/wfRRwBXFWG
— Caster Semenya (@caster800m) May 28, 2020