Caster Semenya’s response to the CAS ruling and impending implementation of discriminatory IAAF rules was one of understated class and quiet determination.
Semenya ran in the Doha meeting of the IAAF Diamond League on Friday night, winning the Women’s 800m with a time of 1:54:98 (rounded down).
With the world’s press hanging off her every word, Semenya outlined her intention to continue to run and overcome.
“I am excited winning here in Doha. The first race of the season is tough and you may not be able to predict how your body is going to respond to the push, but the weather is great and it was wonderful tonight,” said Semenya.
“For me, I believe nothing is hard in life because it is up to you how you take life. As an athlete, I believe in sportsmanship and what sport teaches you is to keep pushing on despite all odds I know life could be difficult at times but I am a believer and I believe there is always a way to resolve issues,” said the 28-year-old.
“One of my firm beliefs is that there is always a way out of everything. So if a wall is placed in front of me I jump it I am going to keep enjoying my life and live it. I will keep on training and running. To me impossible is nothing.”
Her presser was one in which she was philosophical and with many expecting her to announce her retirement, Semenya vowed to persist with running.
The win was Semenya’s 30th consecutive victory on the international stage and comes in a week where she suffered the biggest setback of her career.
The runner may be mulling a move up to the 5000m, a distance at which she became the national champion last week. Should Semenya want to compete at this distance in the season-ending World Championships, also to be staged in Doha, she will need to shave about a minute off of her personal best over 5kms.
Semenya showed no emotion as she strode to another win on the Diamond League circuit, and was calm defiance personified in the press conference. The message to the IAAF is clear, to Caster “impossible is nothing”.