"You can do it, man..."
(Tim) Recent tests showed South African runner, Caster Semenya, had three times the normal level of the male hormone, testosterone, prior to her latest competition. This led sports authorities to order what are widely being called "gender tests" to determine whether, when she blew her fields away in recent races, Miss Semenya had an unfair advantage. An errant fax number brought what should have been a private matter into the public eye.
Returning to Johannesburg following stunning victories at the World Athletics Championships, Miss Semenya told reporters...
of her coach's pep talk prior to her races:
"I called my coach and my coach told me 'you can do it, man'," she said. "You lead from start to finish. You can do it, girl," she added, recalling her coach's comments.
"I took a lead in the last 400 and I killed them. They couldn't follow the race. It was good man. I saw gold at the last 200," she said, smiling as she spoke.
That's how the London Telegraph reported it.
The clip of her adulatory reception in Jo'burg is painful. This poor girl's life is being ruined and she appears to know it.