7 Women and 1 Dude in Women’s 800 Meter Olympic Final Saturday

S African 800

(AP)

 

This year Olympic viewers are in for a real treat. The women’s 800 meter track and field finals is lining up to be a race you will never forget. The reason is because this year’s finals includes 7 really strong female runners and 1 really strong male runner.

Caster Semenya of South Africa is so strong in this race that she literally runs like a man. This is because she arguably is a man. All one has to do is look at her.  Runners World noted before the Olympics that Semenya is biologically different than other women in the race, at least to some degree. In past Olympics, she might have been disqualified, or even accused of being a man, but this won’t happen in Rio… And it hasn’t.

Semenya has been allowed to run and now she is in the finals. The 25-year-old Semenya is also now a favorite to win gold. She dominated her heats in the prelims which has led some to speculate that Sunday may be the day Semenya beats a 33-year-old world record.

Last Olympics South Africa entered a man in the Olympics with spring loaded legs.  South Africa’s Oscar Pistorius made history by becoming the first amputee sprinter to compete at the Olympics. This year South Africa enters a man in a woman’s race. The sports community better step up and institute rules to maintain the integrity of the sport that prevent individuals from doing drastic things to themselves to win medals. Either that or perhaps next Olympics South Africa will enter a cheetah in a race.