Caster Semenya of South Africa reacts after winning gold in the women's 800 meter final.
Caster Semenya of South Africa reacts after winning gold in the women's 800 meter final. Cameron Spencer

RIO 2016: Golden girl just wants to have fun

ATHLETICS: Caster Semenya has broken her silence in Rio after winning the Olympic 800 metres gold.

The South African, who ran the fastest time of the year (one minute 55.28 seconds) to become the first woman from her country to win an Olympic title in 64 years, has been dogged by controversy surrounding her high levels of testosterone.

"It's all about loving one another," said Semenya, who confirmed reports she is married.

"It's not about discriminating (against) people. It's not about looking at people how they look, how they speak, how they run.

"It's not about being masculine.

"It's not about sports.

"When you walk out of your apartment, you think about performing.

"You do not think about how your opponent looks like, you just want to do better.

"So I think the advice to everybody is just go out there and have fun.

"As much as you have fun in training, as much as you want to achieve."

The Court of Arbitration for Sport earlier in the year ruled there was no conclusive scientific proof that high testosterone levels provided women with a more significant competitive edge than other factors such as nutrition and other genetic and biological variations.

Further igniting the fire was that both silver and bronze medallists, Burundi's Francine Niyonsaba and Kenya's Margaret Wambui, are also reported to have the same condition, hyperandrogenism.

Hours before the race, IAAF president Sebastian Coe indicated the organisation intended to take the case back to CAS.

- AAP


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