Semenya Will Keep Medals; Gender Test Confidential

Board rules in favor of South African runner
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Nov 19, 2009 3:21 AM CST
Updated Nov 19, 2009 7:01 AM CST
Semenya Will Keep Medals; Gender Test Confidential
South African athlete Caster Semenya gestures during her celebration at the Ga-Masehlong village in Moletjie, South Africa, last summer.   (AP Photo/Themba Hadebe)

South African runner Caster Semenya will keep her 800-meter gold medal from the world championships, and she'll keep the results of her gender tests to herself, the South African sports ministry said today. The ministry also said that the 18-year-old Semenya will be allowed to keep her prize money. "Whatever scientific tests were conducted legally within the IAAF regulations will be treated as a confidential matter between patient and doctor," the sports ministry said.

Before the 800 final in Berlin, the IAAF said it had ordered gender tests because of Semenya's muscular build and rapid improvement in times. The case set off a storm in South Africa, and the IAAF was accused of violating her privacy. South African track officials were accused of failing to protect her. (More Caster Semenya stories.)

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