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    Ayana (yes, she is still alive) and Caster Semenya in loaded W 3000 at Pre
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    https://preclassic.runnerspace.com/e...news_id=576762

    This is the first mention I have seen of Ayana since that half she ran in India late 2017. I had just about given up hope of seeing her again. She's in very, very fast company at a distance that's at the very low end of her range, so I expect she will struggle, but I am sooooooooooo glad to see her return to action.

    As usual, it's waaaaaaaaaay too big a field (16 listed), but what a field! And, guess what, one Caster Semenya is entered! Should be very interesting.
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    Semenya (her agent) asked to run a 3,000, so the Pre Classic now has a women's steeplechase and a 3,000. Semenya refuses to take medication for her testosterone levels, but the new rules say that applies only to the 400 up to the mile.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DoubleRBar View Post
    Semenya refuses to take medication for her testosterone levels, but the new rules say that applies only to the 400 up to the mile.
    What about the 100 and 200?
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    What about the 100 and 200?
    No. As DoubleRBar said, it's just the 400 through the mile, so far.
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    Quote Originally Posted by tandfman View Post
    No. As DoubleRBar said, it's just the 400 through the mile, so far.
    I simply don't get the reasoning here. It seems to me that Test levels would affect the 100 and 200 to an even greater degree than longer races where the % of aerobic goes up. Hmm...
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    Empirically, there have been awfully many intersex women (and accusations of excessive masculinity) in the 800; and the 800 also has one of the highest percentage differences between the men's record and the women's record. (Among the regularly contested distances, it's a close second to the 5000.)
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    I simply don't get the reasoning here. It seems to me that Test levels would affect the 100 and 200 to an even greater degree than longer races where the % of aerobic goes up. Hmm...
    The current rule is based on an extensive study that was limited to the events covered by the rule.
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    Quote Originally Posted by scottmitchell74 View Post
    I simply don't get the reasoning here..
    Nor do I.
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    I agree with Alan Shank..it will be very interesting to see how Semenya will do in this world class 3000m field. Prediction...she won't win.
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    This is interesting, for both athletes. Ayana has run 8:22 and 8:23, but that latter time is the the most recent at this distance, from 3 years ago. Semenya' best 3000 is 9:36, iirc, from a couple of years ago, but,of course that distance has not been a focus at all -- only raced it twice. I will be interested to see who else is in the field, and what sort of pace they are aiming for. No idea what to expect from Semenya, who has run 3:59 after all.
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