Caster Semenya arrested for speeding

South Africa’s Cape Town — Olympic champion Caster Semenya has been sentenced to 50 hours of community service for speeding while driving in South Africa, the prosecution said Wednesday.

Lanna was arrested last Thursday and released on bail of $ 35, state prosecutors said in a statement to the Associated Press.

Semenya appeared in court in the capital Pretoria on Friday and pleaed the charges, NPA said.

She faces a second court hearing in August, and authorities report whether she has completed community services.

30-year-old Semenya has participated twice in the Olympics and three times in the world championships over 800 meters, and her career has been suspended by controversial rules governing the natural levels of female runner testosterone. ..

World Athletics is a major race for Semenya and other women with similarly high levels of natural testosterone from 400 meters to a mile, unless they agree to artificially lower hormone levels below certain thresholds. We do not allow you to participate in international events.

WA says high levels of natural testosterone offer an unfair advantage over other female runners.

Semenya refused to comply with the rules and lost two legal appeals against the rules. One was held at the Swiss Supreme Court in 2019 and the other was held at the Swiss Supreme Court in 2020.

Her lawyer announced in February that she would continue the fight against what she calls discriminatory in the European Court of Human Rights.

Semenya will almost certainly not be able to defend the title, as this is considered the last legal challenge and it is unlikely that a hearing will be held before the start of the Tokyo Olympics in July.

Semenya hasn’t run the top 800-meter race for two years.

She recently switched to an unfamiliar long-distance event, but with limited success. She won 5,000 meters in South Africans last month, but was out of qualifying time for the Olympics.

Semenya said he might re-enter the 5,000 Olympics in these championships, but said, “Otherwise, it’s not the end of the world.”

Gerald Imley