Cape Town – Caster Semenya will make a last ditch attempt to qualify for the Olympic Games when he runs over 5,000 meters in a match in Belgium this week.
The 30-year-old South African is banned from competing in any race from 400 meters to one mile after the sports governing body World Athletics ruled in 2018 that to ensure fair competition, women with natural high levels of testosterone must take drugs to reduce them. in to compete in middle distance competitions.
The double Olympic champion of the 800, who refuses to take any drugs to alter her testosterone levels, has been left with 5,000 as her best chance to go to the Tokyo Games, but her efforts so far to finish within the score of 15: 10.00 qualification He failed.
She has had two attempts since winning the South African 5,000m title in Pretoria in April, but her best time was 3.12.15 in a match in Durban last month which was specially arranged to give her an opportunity.
Semenya then left to race in Europe, where she felt she had a better chance of qualifying alongside stronger riders, but couldn’t do better than fourth with a time of 15: 57.12 in Regensburg, Germany on June 19.
Wednesday’s meeting in Liège, part of the World Athletics Continental Tour, will be his last chance. The International Olympic Committee has set Tuesday as athletics’ last chance to qualify for Tokyo, but Athletics South Africa is believed to have granted her a one-day pardon.
Hopes of an Olympics invitation are unlikely as 44 women have already qualified for 42 places in the Tokyo 5000m race. The heats are on July 30th and the final on August 30th. 2.
Semenya continues to challenge the World Athletics ruling and has taken her case to the European Court of Human Rights, but the case is unlikely to be completed before the Tokyo Games begin on July 23.
Last year he attempted the 200 as an alternative and lowered his personal best from 24.26 to 23.49, still well outside the Olympic qualifying score of 22.80. He then abandoned plans in favor of much longer distance as he said he feared injury.
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