Semenya and Niyonsaba have dominated the women’s 800m since they shared a podium at the Rio Olympic Games
Caster Semenya will today line up in her first race since the IAAF’s controversial female eligibility rules were implemented last month.
She is expected to race the rarely run 2 000 metres event at a meeting in Montreuil, Paris where she will go up against fellow IAAF outcast Francine Niyonsaba of Burundi.
The South African track superstar was confirmed for the race before the Federal Supreme Court of Switzerland last week ordered the IAAF to suspend its eligibility rules while Semenya’s appeal is pending.
She will be able to compete without taking any testosterone-lowering medication in the restricted 400m to mile events unless the global athletics body can persuade the Swiss court to overturn their temporary suspension by June 25.
The rule bans athletes with Differences of Sexual Development (DSD) from competing in the restricted events unless they lower their testosterone concentration to less than five nanomoles per litre of blood.
This would only apply to Semenya after the IAAF last week revealed the suspension would only apply to Semenya leaving other DSD athletes like Niyonsaba out in the cold.
Semenya and Niyonsaba have dominated the women’s 800m since they shared a podium at the Rio Olympic Games. They will get to renew their rivalry and line up against each other for the first time since the IAAF regulations were implemented on May 8.
They posted the two fastest times of the year in the two-lap event at the Doha Diamond League meeting where Semenya won in a time of 1:54.98 with Niyonsaba following behind her in 1:57.75.
It was the last time they competed in the 800m.