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Caster Semenya’s fate to be known soon

Published:Monday | November 16, 2009 | 1:51 PM

Caster Semenya, the athlete at the centre of a gender controversy, will be told by November 20 if she is eligible to compete as a woman.



A review of the South African\'s gender test results by the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) will determine her future.



The 18-year-old Semenya came to prominence when she won the 800 metres at the World Championships in Berlin in August.



She could be suspended, told to have surgery or cleared to run as a woman.



There are reports that the tests are likely to reveal Semenya, who is currently training at the University of Pretoria, has an intersex status.



Semenya burst on to the world scene when she ran one minute, 56.72 seconds for the 800 metres in July, smashing her previous personal best by more than seven seconds.