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Thursday, August 20, 2009
You Run Fast, But Too Fast for a Woman...
I'm not sure how others are taking the accusations that South African athlete, Caster Semenya is not female, but this just sounds like another, "you obviously can't do that because you're a woman" excuse.
If you need to play catch-up, here is the story reported on cnn.com:
Semenya beat, no, destroyed, her competition in the women's 800-meter, finishing the race in 1 minute, 55.45 seconds...the best so far, in the world this year! She was a full 2 seconds ahead of the second place competitor (and 2007 champion). She CAN'T be a woman.
But wait, there is more proof...she has a "masculine" build. Duh.
I'm sorry, so when a female athlete does extraordinarily well, she has to be male? It doesn't have anything to do with the hours, weeks, years of intense training she's been through to make it to such an event? Nope, it's because she's a man.
I really hope these ridiculous tests come back to prove to everyone that Semenya is female. And even if on the off chance they don't, there is still a bigger issue brought up here that's quite disturbing:
"Women can do well...but not that well"