Semenya Is a Girl: S. African Birth Certificate

Track star feels 'humiliated' over gender controversy
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 21, 2009 4:32 PM CDT
South Africa's Caster Semenya celebrates after winning the gold medal in the final of the Women's 800m during the World Athletics Championships in Berlin on Wednesday, Aug. 19, 2009.   (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
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(Newser) – The mother of South African track and field star Caster Semenya has produced a birth certificate showing the runner is female, the BBC reports. "I have no doubt about what I see. It's a girl," said Dorcus Semenya despite calls that Caster take a gender test. Caster fell under scrutiny after becoming the world's 800-meter champion this week in Berlin.

"She is not rejoicing. She didn't want the medal," said Athletics South Africa President Leonard Chuene. "She told me: 'No-one ever said I was not a girl but here," at the World Athletics Championships in Berlin, "I am not. I am not a boy." Semenya reportedly asked Chuene why be brought her to the competition. "You should have left me in my village at home."