Semenya Not Picked for South Africa Team

Despite IAAF permission, won't race in Kenya on July 28
By Jane Yager,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 12, 2010 8:15 AM CDT
Semenya Not Picked for South Africa Team
South African track and field athlete Caster Semenya attends a training session in Pretoria, South Africa, Thursday, July 8, 2010.   (AP Photo/Michael Sohn)

Though the IAAF cleared her for competition last Tuesday, Caster Semenya's year-long absence from racing still isn't over: The women's 800m world champion has been left out of South Africa's team for the African Championships on July 28 in Kenya, after the country's athletic group determined she wasn't in good enough shape for it after her long break from racing. The 19-year-old will now work towards the Commonwealth Games in India in October.

Semenya has not raced competitively since gender tests were ordered following her 800m world title win in Berlin last August, BBC reports. (Read more Caster Semenya stories.)

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