Semenya headlines South African team for Rio

Caster Semenya of South Africa celebrates after winning the Women's 800 event at the IAAF Diamond League athletics meet in Doha, QatarSouth African 800-metres runner Caster Semenya headlines a list of 137 athletes who will represent the country at next month’s Rio Olympics. The 2012 London Games silver medallist was named by the country’s Olympic Committee on Thursday as one of 39 track and field athletes and she will compete only in her specialist distance after ditching plans to also take part in the 400 metres race. Semenya, who had to undergo gender testing before being cleared to compete as a woman after winning the world championship in 2009, is the favourite to win the 800m gold in Rio after clocking 1:56.64 in May, the quickest time by a woman this year.

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