British track athlete and perennial also-ran Lynsey Sharp might just finally silence her critics, as she has achieved a podium finish in something.
The runner was part of the field in the women’s 800m in Doha as South African star Caster Semenya powered over the finish line in a meeting record of 1:54.98, in what was her first public appearance since losing a landmark case at the Court of Arbitration for Sport earlier in the week.
Semenya’s victory sent the Twitter streets abuzz for much of Friday night, but Sharp – who finished ninth in a little over two minutes – managed to overtake her… eventually.
Lynsey Sharp cracks top spot
The 28-year-old is by no means a popular figure in South Africa, but was the most talked out person on SA Twitter, topping the trends list.
Sharp whined herself into the public consciousness back in 2016 during the Rio Olympics, where she had a big cry about losing to gold medalist Semenya, all the way from sixth place.
Interviewed after cracking what remains her personal best – a time of 1:57.69 – in the 800m final, she complained about how far it was competing against the Olympic champions – not exactly endearing herself to the public.
The latest developments may be close to bringing about her version of fairness, and she was again in the spotlight in Doha, where she said she was by no means thrilled at the CAS ruling.
“I’ve had death threats. I’ve had threats against my family, and that’s not a position I want to be in.
“It’s really unfortunate the way it’s played out.
“I’ve known Caster since 2008, it’s something I’ve been familiar with over the past 11 years.”