There are still people who are not happy for Caster Semenya

Caster Semenya goes down in history as the first black South African woman to bring home gold.

But the haters gonna hate, right?

Joanna Jozwik, the Polish athlete, who placed 5th in the race has claimed that she feels like a “silver medalist.” Not only did Jozwik dismiss an entire continent, she also dismissed an entire race by claiming to have finished as the “first European” and the “second white” in the race. It’s too bad Jozwik doesn’t have the medal to validate her feelings of achieving Olympic Silver.

Caster’s win has certainly dredged up old controversies.

There is contestation on whether or not Caster Semenya is hyperandrogenic: hyperandrogenism is the term used to describe disproportionate productions of testosterone in women. Semenya has been reported to be hyperandrogenic in a number of news articles.

And as South Africa basked in the shadow of Caster’s gold, elsewhere, Caster was deemed to have an unfair advantage over the rest of the field.

Let’s backtrack here.

In 2011, the IAAF released a ruling that deemed female athletes with hyperandrogenism eligible to compete in the Olympic Games.

Rules are rules and whether Semenya is hyperandrogenic or not, her eligibility to compete in the Olympics is undisputed.

But it wasn’t just the tweeting naysayers who rained on Caster’s parade.

Lynsey Sharp, the British athlete who placed sixth in the 800m final is all over the news following her show of emotion over the difficulty of competing against athletes who are believed to be hyperandrogenic.

After the race, Sharp broke out in white tears and the world rushed to pass her a tissue. And no, white tears is not just a blanket term used to describe when white people cry. White tears is not even necessarily tears, but a currency that certain white people use to express indignation over successes of a non-white person, or nonexistent racial injustice.

We’re not actually all that surprised that white tears brought the world to its knees.

One has to admire Queen Caster, whose only response to the vitriol and the tears was: “It’s all about loving one another. It’s not about discriminating people. It’s not about looking at people [and] how they look, how they speak, how they run. You know, it’s not about being muscular. It’s about sports. When you walk out of your apartment, you think about performing. You don’t think about how your opponents look. You just want to do better. I think the advice to everybody is to go out and have fun.”

Take notes, haters.


  1. Howard Odom says

    Congrats on posting a quote from a fake Joanna Jozwik twitter account. Great journalism!

    The issue, however, is more serious than what you make it out to be. There is no doubt in my mind that if the three winners were white they would be tested for elevated testosterone levels, and if those were found, they would have been stripped of medals. Reverse racism is as bad as “regular racism”, friends.

    1. Benazir Cassim says

      Hi there. The Joanna Jozwik comments came from this article, not a Twitter account:

  2. Mmabatho says

    Sharp is acting like a typical spoiled brat. Science cannot prove that elevated levels of testosterone improves athletes performance. Talking about unfair advantage…. what about the fact that developed countries have more advanced training facilities compared to developing countries. The problem is not her gender the real problem is that fact that a black women from a developing country beat you against all Odds. There is always something extraordinary about greatness. If it was not so everyone would be number one. Caster is extraordinary accept it and move on.

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