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If nothing else, Caster Semenya has earned the respect of thousands of spectators this week. Showing amazing poise under the intense spotlight which has rightly or wrongly been glaring on her throughout the duration of these World Championships in Berlin.

The newly-crowned 800m world champion has been the subject of increased speculation over her gender. After making headlines when she set a sensational time of 1:56:72 at the African Junior Championships in Mauritius.

In doing so the 18-year-old had set the fastest time worldwide in the 800m this year, and prompted the International Association of Athletics Federation to demand the South African Athletics Federation carry out testing to ascertain the gender of Semenya.

Since July, Semenya has been caught up in a media whirlwind after claiming gold in the final of the 800m at the World Championships in Berlin. The matter has been handled in a very public way, leaving the athlete under intense scrutiny.

According to IAAF spokesman, Nick Davies, there has been "no suggestion" that the athlete is male and is guilty of cheating by covering up her true gender. Instead, the test will focus on the whether the...

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