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Semenya heads for Belgium in last-ditch bid to qualify for Olympics

A bridge to Farah for Mo after missing Olympic qualifying mark. However coach says he’s not ending track career

Mark Gleeson and Shrivathsa Sridhar

Caster Semenya will make a last-ditch attempt to qualify for the Olympic Games when she races over 5,000m at a meeting in Belgium this week.

The 30-year-old South African is banned from competing in any race from 400m to 1,600m after the sport’s governing body World Athletics ruled in 2018 that to ensure fair competition, women with high natural testosterone levels must take medication to reduce them to compete in middle-distance races.

The double Olympic 800m champion, who refuses to take any medication to alter her testosterone levels, has been left with the 5,000m as her best chance to go to the Tokyo Games but her efforts so far to finish inside the qualifying mark of 15:10.00 have failed...

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