She continued running, but a bit slower than in 2009.She finished second in the 2011 World Championships and the 2012 Olympics, both times to Russia’s Mariya Savinova.It’s important to emphasize that hyperandrogenic women have naturally high testosterone, rather than having high testosterone because of taking performance-enhancing drugs.What happened to Semenya after she supposedly began taking female hormones?According to the court, the IAAF did not produce convincing scientific evidence that endogenous testosterone (produced by a woman’s own body) has the same powerful performance benefit as exogenous testosterone (from drugs).All parties agreed that exogenous testosterone has a significant effect on performance, and that exogenous testosterone should be universally banned.
The IAAF also organized an expert consensus committee for advice on dealing with DSD women.
(We have to say “presumably” and “likely” because the entire investigation should have been done in private, and what little we know comes from various leaks and/or from knowledge of customary procedures.
To this day, Semenya’s past and present hormone levels are not in the public domain.) While Semenya was presumably undergoing hormone therapy, the IAAF barred her from racing for 11 months.
They’re neither classically male or classically female.
Although privacy laws prevent us from knowing medical specifics about Semenya, she appears to have DSD, a disorder of sex development, sometimes called intersex.