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Caster Semenya vs IAAF: Kenyan Olympic 800m bronze medal winner Margaret Nyairera Wambui slams ruling against South African rival

Nairobi: Kenya's Olympic 800m bronze medal winner Margaret Nyairera Wambui, who has herself faced questions over her testosterone levels, on Thursday slammed an IAAF ruling against her rival Caster Semenya.

 Caster Semenya vs IAAF: Kenyan Olympic 800m bronze medal winner Margaret Nyairera Wambui slams ruling against South African rival

Gold winner Caster Semenya (C) of South Africa, silver winner Francine Niyonsaba (L) of Burundi and bronze winner Margaret Nyairera Wambui (R) of Kenya pose with their medals. Reuters

Semenya on Wednesday lost a court challenge against IAAF rules forcing women with elevated levels of testosterone to take suppressive treatment if they wish to compete as females in certain events.

Wambui, who has often raced against the South African champion, has also faced questions over her testosterone levels, but unlike Semenya has not been forced to undergo tests for hyperandrogenism.

"This life sometimes is so unfair", Wambui wrote on Twitter. "Everything that happens, happens with a reason Caster. This is life we Africans have nothing to say in this world and (there is) nothing we can do about it, so pole (sorry) my dear ---so painful."

Semenya's testosterone levels are not publicly known, but the IAAF rule compels female runners in certain categories to cap their testosterone levels at five nanomoles per litre (nmol/L) of blood.

The rules will come into effect on 8 May and will apply to races over distances of 400m to the mile.

Wambui, who finished third behind Semenya in the 800m at the 2016 Rio Olympics, and silver medallist from Burundi Francine Niyonsaba — also considered hyperandrogenic — will take part in the Doha Diamond League on Friday.

At the Doha Diamond League meet in May 2017, both Semenya and Wambui posted the world leading times of 1:56.61 and 1:57.03 respectively in finishing first and second in the event.

Read Firstpost's detailed explainer about how the Caster Semenya case against the IAAF on hyperandrogenism will have wider ramifications in athletics, here

What's IAAF's rationale behind the controversial hyperandrogenism rules and why are some runners backing it?

Why are IAAF's critics claiming its hyperandrogenism rules are racist and unfair?

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Updated Date: May 02, 2019 22:01:42 IST