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Redemption: Usain Bolt Takes Gold in 200 Meters

He wins at World Championships one week after default

(Newser) - Yep, he's still fast. Usain Bolt didn't get a chance to prove it last week when a false start disqualified him from the 100 meters at the World Championships. He didn't make the same mistake today in the 200 meters, blowing past the field with the fourth-fastest... More »

Semenya Cleared for Women's Races

She has been undergoing 'treatment'

(Newser) - The International Association of Athletics Federations has cleared South African runner Caster Semenya to compete in female races following an investigation into her gender, reports the Telegraph . Semenya, 19, hasn't competed since her runaway 800 meter win in the World Championships nearly a year ago while sports authorities made their... More »

South Africa: Ax Lying Semenya Official

His coverup hurt runner, says sports minister

(Newser) - South African government officials are calling for the firing of an athletic director who admitted lying about gender tests before Caster Semenya entered her controversial World Championship race last month. "His lies were to Ms. Semenya's detriment," said a statement from the nation's sports minister, reports the BBC.... More »

Semenya Tests Reveal 'Triple Testosterone'

(Newser) - Pre-race World Championship blood tests on super South African runner Caster Semenya revealed testosterone levels three times typical female rates, a source tells the Telegraph. The results of the tests, carried out in South Africa, contributed to a decision by sports officials to call for "gender verification" tests on... More »

Judging Gender Trickier Than You Think

(Newser) - After her big win yesterday in a world track meet, South Africa's Caster Semenya has to undergo a gender test to prove that she is, in fact, a woman. This is way more complicated than it sounds, writes Melonyce McAfee in a Slate Explainer column updated from a similar case... More »

Bare-Chested Phelps Rebounds With Record

(Newser) - Michael Phelps today rebounded from yesterday's stunning loss by shattering his own world record in the 200-meter butterfly at the FINA World Championships in Rome, ABC News reports. Phelps achieved the feat without a full-body suit, wearing only an ankle-to-waist version. In his loss yesterday, he lost to a swimmer... More »

Barcodes Will ID Illegal Suits at Championships

Swimming aims to weed out banned attire

(Newser) - Swimmers at this year’s world championships will be subjected to a barcode test to ensure their suits are legal, the Times of London reports. Suits’ buoyancy will be checked before the event, with each outfit assigned a code. At race time, the suits will be scanned; if they don’... More »

Gay Tops 100m Record-Holder to Claim Gold

Powell hears footsteps, takes 3rd behind new Olympic favorite

(Newser) - American Tyson Gay blazed past the world co-record holder in the last 20 meters of the 100m dash to take gold in the World Championships today in Tokyo. Jamaican Asafa Powell was faster out of the blocks, but "I panicked," he said. "I felt him coming on.... More »

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