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Spotlight: Caster Semenya
Double Olympic champion Caster Semenya's future was in doubt on Friday after she said she would not take medication to lower her testosterone levels to comply with new rules for the 800 metres.

There was confusion about how she will be able to compete in her specialist event again, as the 28-year-old South African declared "Hell no!" when asked if she would take testosterone-lowering medication.

At Friday's Diamond League meeting in Doha, she was adamant she would be back in the Qatari capital in September to defend her 800 metres world title. But how she plans to do that without conforming to the new rules remained unclear.
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May 03, 2019
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Athletics - Diamond League - Doha - Khalifa International Stadium, Doha, Qatar - May 3, 2019 South Africa's Caster Semenya celebrates after winning the women's 800m REUTERS/Ibraheem Al Omari
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May 03, 2019
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Athletics - Diamond League - Doha - Khalifa International Stadium, Doha, Qatar - May 3, 2019 South Africa's Caster Semenya wins the women's 800m REUTERS/Ibraheem Al Omari
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May 03, 2019
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Athletics - Diamond League - Doha - Khalifa International Stadium, Doha, Qatar - May 3, 2019 South Africa's Caster Semenya celebrates after winning the women's 800m REUTERS/Ibraheem Al Omari
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May 03, 2019
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Athletics - Diamond League - Doha - Khalifa International Stadium, Doha, Qatar - May 3, 2019 South Africa's Caster Semenya celebrates after winning the women's 800m REUTERS/Ibraheem Al Omari
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July 20, 2018
Athletics - Diamond League - Monaco - Stade Louis II, Monaco - July 20, 2018 South Africa's Caster...
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Athletics - Diamond League - Monaco - Stade Louis II, Monaco - July 20, 2018 South Africa's Caster Semenya wins the Women's 800m REUTERS/Eric Gaillard TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
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May 04, 2018
Athletics - Diamond League - Doha - Qatar Sports Club, Doha, Qatar - May 4, 2018 South Africa's Caster...
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Athletics - Diamond League - Doha - Qatar Sports Club, Doha, Qatar - May 4, 2018 South Africa's Caster Semenya celebrates after winning the women's 1500m REUTERS/Ibraheem Al Omari
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April 04, 2018
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Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games - Opening ceremony - Carrara Stadium - Gold Coast, Australia - April 4, 2018 - Caster Semenya of South Africa carries the national flag during the opening ceremony. REUTERS/David Gray
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April 13, 2018
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Athletics - Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games - Women's 800m - Final - Carrara Stadium - Gold Coast, Australia - April 13, 2018. Caster Semenya of South Africa celebrates victory. REUTERS/Athit Perawongmetha
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August 27, 2017
Athletics - 76th ISTAF Berlin - Berlin, Germany - August 27, 2017 South Africa's Caster Semenya wins...
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Athletics - 76th ISTAF Berlin - Berlin, Germany - August 27, 2017 South Africa's Caster Semenya wins the Women's 600m with USA's Ajee Wilson in second place REUTERS/Fabrizio Bensch
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August 13, 2017
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Athletics - World Athletics Championships - Women's 800 Metres - London Stadium, London, Britain – August 13, 2017. Caster Semenya of South Africa celebrates winning the final. REUTERS/John Sibley TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
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August 13, 2017
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Athletics - World Athletics Championships – women’s 800 meters final – London Stadium, London, Britain – August 13, 2017 – Caster Semenya of South Africa reacts after winning the race. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
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August 11, 2017
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Athletics - World Athletics Championships - Women's 800 Metres Semi-Final - London Stadium, London, Britain – August 11, 2017. Caster Semenya of South Africa and Lynsey Sharp of Great Britain after the semi-final heat. REUTERS/John Sibley TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
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August 10, 2017
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Athletics - World Athletics Championships - Women's 800 Metres Heats - London Stadium, London, Britain – August 10, 2017. Caster Semenya of South Africa reacts after winning the heat. REUTERS/Phil Noble TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
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September 09, 2016
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Athletics - IAAF Athletics Diamond League final - Women's 400m - King Baudouin stadium, Brussels, Belgium - 9/9/2016 - Caster Semenya of South Africa (R) wins the 400m women. REUTERS/Eric Vidal TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
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April 04, 2016
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Athletics - ASA After Dark meeting Ð womenÕs 800m run - Green Point Stadium, Cape Town, South Africa Ð 22/3/16 Ð Caster Semenya awaits the start of the Womens 800 metre race in this picture taken March 22, 2016. REUTERS/Mike Hutchings
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August 09, 2012
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South Africa's Caster Semenya starts her women's 800m semi-final during the London 2012 Olympic Games...
South Africa's Caster Semenya starts her women's 800m semi-final during the London 2012 Olympic Games at the Olympic Stadium August 9, 2012. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson (BRITAIN - Tags: OLYMPICS SPORT ATHLETICS TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)
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August 11, 2012
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Russia's Mariya Savinova reacts after she won gold ahead of second placed South Africa's Caster Semenya in the women's 800m final at the London 2012 Olympic Games at the Olympic Stadium August 11, 2012. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson (BRITAIN - Tags: SPORT OLYMPICS SPORT ATHLETICS TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)
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August 08, 2012
South Africa's Caster Semenya runs past the Olympic flame in her women's 800m round 1 heat during the...
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South Africa's Caster Semenya runs past the Olympic flame in her women's 800m round 1 heat during the...
South Africa's Caster Semenya runs past the Olympic flame in her women's 800m round 1 heat during the London 2012 Olympic Games at the Olympic Stadium August 8, 2012. REUTERS/Eddie Keogh (BRITAIN - Tags: SPORT OLYMPICS SPORT ATHLETICS TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)
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August 09, 2012
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South Africa's Caster Semenya runs in her women's 800m semi-final during the London 2012 Olympic Games...
South Africa's Caster Semenya runs in her women's 800m semi-final during the London 2012 Olympic Games at the Olympic Stadium August 9, 2012. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson (BRITAIN - Tags: OLYMPICS SPORT ATHLETICS TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)
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August 16, 2009
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Caster Semenya of South Africa jumps over fallen Janeth Jepkosgei Busienei of Kenya to avoid her as they compete in the women's 800 metres first heat event during the world athletics championships at the Olympic stadium in Berlin, August 16, 2009. REUTERS/Max Rossi (GERMANY)
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August 25, 2009
South Africa's teenage 800 metres world champion Caster Semenya (C) gestures to her fans at the O.R Tambo...
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South Africa's teenage 800 metres world champion Semenya gestures to her fans at the international airport...
South Africa's teenage 800 metres world champion Caster Semenya (C) gestures to her fans at the O.R Tambo international airport in Johannesburg August 25, 2009. Semenya, whose victory has been overshadowed by a gender testing row, returned home to a heroine's welcome on Tuesday.
Furious South Africans have accused the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) of everything from racism to imperialism for ordering the test after her rapid improvement over the last year raised its suspicions.
REUTERS/Siphiwe Sibeko (SOUTH AFRICA SPORT ATHLETICS SOCIETY IMAGES OF THE DAY)
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