South African middle-distance runner Caster Semenya has qualified for the London Olympics in the 800m. In doing so, she clocked the first sub-2-minute time in South Africa in 21 years. After the historic race, Semenya thanked God:
I feel very special to run it after 21-years. I know in 2009 I was nearly there, but I was just a little kid. But now I have more experience and with God anything is possible. I just have to pray to keep me going like this.
The former World Champion was the center of controversy when allegations about her gender surfaced in 2009. Widespread speculation claims Semenya is intersex, and she's since been cleared to compete in women's track & field. But the episode seemed to take a toll on Semenya. Here's hoping she can recover and perform well in London.
While she has qualified for the Olympics, she has not been officially named to the South African team. It's unimaginable that she won't be placed on the team, as she is their best hope for gold in the event.
PHOTO: Sep 4, 2011; Daegu, SOUTH KOREA; Caster Semenya (RSA) flexes her biceps after placing second in the women's 800m in 1:56.35 on Day 9 of the evening session of the 2011 IAAF World Championships in Athletics at Daegu Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee/Image of Sport-US PRESSWIRE