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She/He is Faster Than You


Man or woman? LOL.

Apparently her time "improved way too much" from last year compared to this year's world games so she's being questioned. They're even trying to downplay it by saying it's not about cheating but medical concerns.

She/he looks pretty controversial to me. Test shots maybe? What do y'all think?

Here's the link: http://www.afterellen.com/node/57220


Facially she looks more masculine than the norm but hard to tell. If you cut out Flo Jo's head and replaced it with hers, it is not that much different.


teenage girls don't run 1:56


Vomits uncontrollably everywhere


Is it legal to do a blood test to see if she has a Y chromosome? and yes I am aware of the issue with hermaphrodites but I don't think they are going to check her chromosomes and then follow it up by checking if she has a penis and ovaries or whatever combo could exist.


Post hasn't showed up. Nevermind about that blood test. Saliva is enough right? Is that legal to do?


Actually, they were talking about doing a gene test on german television. There are suspicions she might actually be male, not because of her body, which was already pointed out as more or less normal for a track athlete, but because of her face and 800m time.


The IAAF ordered the South African federation to do a generder test.

I'm putting my money on internal testicles.


if she was a sprinter and looked like that it would be fucked up. but a distance runner? are u kidding??


So if she's anatomically a female on the outside but has internal testes what they hell do you let her/him compete as?


Chromosome test?

Wouldn't it be easier just to follow him/her into the locker room?


From http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/sport/is-she-really-a-he-gender-runner-caster-semenya-wins-world-800m-gold/story-e6frey6i-1225764174799

The verification test requires a physical medical evaluation, and includes reports from a gynecologist, endocrinologist, psychologist, an internal medicine specialist and an expert on gender

It was not immediately clear what would happen if the test results later determine she does not meet the requirements to compete.

"I can't say that if 'X' happens in the future that we will, for example, retroactively strip results. It's legally very complex," Davies said.

"If there's a problem and it turns out that there's been a fraud ... that someone has changed sex, then obviously it would be much easier to strip results.

"However, if it's a natural thing and the athlete has always thought she's a woman or been a woman, it's not exactly cheating."

He said a decision in such instances is "done on a case by case basis."


There was a woman who was tested before with a y chromosome, but I can't remember her name. She was cleared because apparently it didn't really function like a normal y chromosome or something. If you have the right set of genes and environmental conditions, you can grow into pretty much anything.


The stupid....it BURNS!


I think the clue's in the name. Semenya. Semen-ya.


This is my question as well. I am very interested to see how this turns out.


If she really is a woman after all these tests be very embarrassing for her and the federation. I sure wouldn't be very happy if people didn't believe I was a man and wanted to test me.


She's just ugly. Case closed. Half of the WNBA players have moustaches and chest hair, too.


Don Imus? Is that you?


Nah, these women are simply are unattractive.