Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Test: Female Runner's Testosterone Level Was Abnormal

Caster Semenya's gender, as you know, is in question.

Now, according to a report, tests conducted before the World Championships (where Caster won gold in the 800 meters) showed she "had three times the normal female level of testosterone in her body" and that elevated level caused concerned and resulted in the full-blown "gender verification."

But also according to the British Telegraph:

"...the head coach of the South African team is Dr Ekkart Arbeit, the former East German coach who was accused by a female athlete of giving her so many anabolic steroids that she was forced to undergo a sex-change operation and live the rest of her life as a man."

Heidi Krieger, who underwent surgery in 1997 and now lives in Germany as Andreas Krieger, has always blamed Dr Arbeit for the role he played in supervising her drug regime under East Germany’s state-sponsored doping program.

For the record, Dr Arbeit admits injecting East German athletes with performance-enhancing drugs for two decades beginning in the 1970s, but says since 1989 "his coaching methods are now clean."

The results of Caster's test won't be known for several weeks.

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