Despite clinching the 5000m title in the South African championships in Pretoria today, Caster Semenya did not secure her spot at the Tokyo Olympics.
With her new personal best in the distance race, the 800m Olympic Champion fell just short of the 15 minutes 10 seconds qualifying time.
Caster beat her previous 5000m mark of 16:14.43 by a big margin, coming in at 15 minutes, 52.28 seconds.
Her ambitions to partake on the world stage have been a long, hard fight with her challenging the European Court of Human Rights for “demeaning and intrusive regulations” implemented by World Athletics.
She has had to endure years of distasteful treatment in the sport for her high testosterone levels.
This fight is not just about me, it’s about taking a stand and fighting for dignity, equality and the human rights of women in sport. All we ask is to be able to run free as the strong and fearless women we are!! Thank you to all of those who have stood behind me✊? pic.twitter.com/0PdBiujH8b
— Caster Semenya (@caster800m) February 25, 2021