19 August 2009

Funny and Sad

With the World Championships in Berlin for Track and Field, talk has changed to running.  As everyone knows, Kenya produces the worlds best distance runners.  More specifically, the Kalenjin tribe from the Eldoret area is most responsible.  Anyways, the women’s 800 final is soon and there is a bit of controversy.  Fast rising Caster Semenya from South Africa is setting off alarms for all the wrong reasons.  The best way to sum it up was when Sue was shown her picture from racing in the semi-finals, she said, “that’s a men’s race.”  When told to look closer, she realized that the competitors were women.  She has now been ordered to take a gender test.  It is sad if she is in fact a woman (and I hope for her sake she is) and funny if she is not.  I will let the picture do the talking…


FILE -- In this Monday Aug. 17, 2009 file photo South Africa's Caster Semenya competes in a Women's 800m semifinal at the World Athletics Championships in Berlin. The IAAF has asked the South African track federation to conduct a gender verification test on 800 meter runner Caster Semenya amid concerns she does not meet the requirements to compete as a woman. The 18-year-old Semenya is a favorite in the 800 meter final later Wednesday Aug. 19, 2009. (AP Photo/Anja Niedringhaus, File)