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Some track and field experts are wondering if Caster Semenya out of South Africa might have thrown her race on purpose. Semenya, who was originally banned from competing in the past after questions emerged about her gender, is believed to have deliberately tanked the race in order to avoid the scrutiny that comes with a gold medal.
The 800-meter run, won by Russia’s Mariya Savinova, didn’t appear to be the contest that it could have been, since some thought that Semenya literally slowed down throughout the race so that she would not win. After winning the world championships in 2009, Semenya was banned for 11 months as experts debated whether or not she was actually a woman.