IAAF Denies It OK'd Gold Medal for Semenya

Talks continuing in gender controversy
By Mary Papenfuss,  Newser User
Posted Nov 20, 2009 3:54 AM CST
Caster Semenya gesturing after her arrival in Johannesburg, wearing a gold medal after he win in the women's 800m race in Berlin earlier this year.   (AP Photo/Themba Hadebe, File)
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(Newser) – The International Association of Athletics Foundation is denying claims by the South African government that it decided to allow runner Caster Semenya to keep her gold medal in the wake of questions about her gender. South African officials announced yesterday that Semenya has been cleared of "wrongdoing" and would be allowed to keep her medal for her record-shattering win in the women's 800 mm race at world games in Berlin. IAAF officials said no such decision had been made and that talks were continuing.