9 Sep 2009

Semenya to keep gold medal not matter the outcome of gender test

4:11 pm on 9 September 2009

Caster Semenya will not be stripped of her World Championships 800m gold medal whatever the outcome of her gender test results, according to the BBC.

The testing process is unlikely to be concluded for two weeks but athletics governing body the IAAF says Semenya can keep her medal.

The 18-year-old South African was asked to take the test following her rapid rise to prominence.

The IAAF demanded Semenya take a gender test before the World Champs amid fears she'd not be able to run as a woman.

Following the findings of initial tests, the IAAF then asked the South Africans to withdraw her from their team for Germany but they refused.

Given she was ultimately allowed to compete, IAAF spokesman Nick Davies says it'd be "legally very difficult" to ask Semenya to hand back her medal.