UK columnist angers South Africans with Semenya gender comments
Mail Online writer Katie Hopkins suggested in her column on Friday that the Olympic champion had an advantage because of her gender.
CAPE TOWN - South Africans showed their support for Caster Semenya after Mail Online writer Katie Hopkins suggested in her column on Friday that the Olympic champion had an advantage because of her gender.
Hopkins on Friday wrote: "... Caster Semenya was on hand to show the world how to be a true women's champion.
"All it takes are levels of testosterone three times higher than is expected in women due to hyperandrogenism, no womb or ovaries, and internal testes because of a chromosomal abnormality."
Semenya is in London competing in the 2017 IAAF Athletics World Championships. The South African will be running in the women's 800 metres final on Sunday. She already has one medal, having won silver in the women's 1,500 metres event earlier this week.
Hopkins, while attempting to troll Semenya, made a mention of the athlete's wedding, writing, "Back in January Caster even married her girlfriend in a traditional wedding ceremony, appearing in the guise of a man.
"Yet, curiously enough, out here on the track, Semenya identifies as a woman."
Since her breaking through on the international stage, Semenya has made headlines not just for her dominating performance on the tracks but also her gender.
Following her victory in the 2009 World Championships, she was subjected to gender testing and was later banned from international competition by the IAAF, a decision which was later overturned.
The IAAF's decision to allow hyperandrogenic athletes to compete on the basis that they try to curb their naturally high testosterone levels with hormone treatment has faced legal challenges from female athletes.
"You want to know what is actually discriminatory against women? Trying to run against someone who is hormonally much more male. And, speaking for myself, it is not edifying to watch," Hopkins wrote.
Many of Semenya's South African supporters weren't having any of Hopkins's shade, reacting with anger and disgust.
Middle finger to those bashing Caster Semenya yet they glorify this 800m record holder(Women) pic.twitter.com/aSUpwC3XUq— Suprise Ndlovu (@IINdlovukazi) August 12, 2017
I am battling to understand the point in this tweet. You're a PR machine for hate!— Wayne Hart (@WayneHartSA) August 12, 2017
Caster is a world champion and you?— ntsikimazwai.com (@ntsikimazwai) August 12, 2017
Hey you fool what are u trying to gain with this tweet👆👆 pic.twitter.com/MMSG5sq1ZP— mfundo lucas (@LucasMfundo) August 12, 2017
YES! Go Caster!— Catherinne (@steynclan) August 12, 2017
Don't come here with your foot-foot nonsense wena pic.twitter.com/cDaUfhEDHo— Jaye led (@Jayeled1) August 12, 2017
Meanwhile, the Olympic champion shared an inspirational quote on Twitter on Saturday, with supporters urging her to "run her best race" on Sunday, 13 August when she competes in the 800m final at 9:10pm (local time) at the IAAF World Champions in London.