Double Olympic 800m champion Caster Semenya has talked about she should compete on the 200m on the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
The South African, 29, is rarely any longer allowed to compete in occasions between 400m and a mile with out taking testosterone-reducing tablets, following a rule swap by governing physique World Athletics.
“My dream has always been, and might proceed to be, to compete on the supreme diploma of sport and so in expose to pursue my wishes and wishes I even comprise determined to swap occasions and compete throughout the 200m,” talked about Semenya on Instagram.
“This alternative has not been an easy one however as always I gape ahead to the mission and might work laborious, doing all I’ll to qualify for Tokyo and compete to the supreme of my capability for South Africa.
“Thanks to my group who comprise supported me all of the scheme throughout the last few months and thanks to all South Africans who agree with in me and stand throughout the once more of me.”
If Semenya qualifies for the Olympics, she could be construct to compete towards Fleshy Britain’s Dina Asher-Smith, who gained 200m gold on the 2019 World Championships.
Semenya, who gained Olympic gold throughout the 800m in each 2012 and 2016, missed the probability to defend her world 800m title in Doha remaining yr, having failed in her communicate to forestall the governing physique’s rule swap.
World Athletics argued female athletes with variations of sexual vogue (DSD) – equal to Semenya – comprise “a aggressive help”.
To be prepared to compete throughout the 200m in Tokyo, she would have to breeze a qualifying time of 22.80 seconds, regardless of the reality that her contemporary best is 24.26secs.
In February, Semenya competed in her first word meeting since remaining June with victory within the 300m in Johannesburg, worthwhile her pace in a nationwide file of 36.78secs.