Caster Semenya finishes second in 800m

Caster Semenya finishes second in 800m

By Matt Norlander | Staff Writer

The woman who had every right to run with more anger in her mind and dedication in her heart at these Games, South Africa's Caster Semenya, finished for silver in Saturday's 800 meters.

Russia's Mariya Savinova took gold (1:56.19) while fellow Russian racer Ekaterina Poistogova finished with bronze (1:57.53).

For Semenya, who crossed in 1:57.23, the silver is a repeat finish of the 2011 World Championships. Semenya is the runner who was overwhelmed by controversy in 2009, when after her gold medal at the World Championships in this very event, the 800, caused speculation over her gender.

She was banned from the sport for a year while tests were taken to confirm she was in fact female. It was extremely public and received a lot of criticism. Eventually, as you can see, Semenya "won." She was female all along, but still lost a year of her prime while speculation and bureaucratic protocol kept her on the shelf.

Semenya was given the honor of being South Africa's flagbearer at the opening ceremony, and despite not taking gold on Saturday, no doubt did her country proud with this run. She and Oscar Pistorius are South Africa's two most famous Olympians, and they'll leave London with reputations enhanced.

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