Doha, Qatar: Don’t fear failure. Fear being in the exact same place next year as you are today.
The punch-packed thought was the latest in the line of tagline resembling tweets of Caster Semenya when she lined up at the 800M starting point in Doha Diamond League at the temperature-controlled Khalifa International Stadium on Friday.
The Court of Arbitration for Sport’s ruling that athletes with differences in sex development would require to take medication and reduce their testosterone in order to compete in women’s events between 400m and one mile has put a big question mark over Semenya’s future.
At least in her favourite event, the 800m, and rumours were rife that this could be her last race.
It was the last for sure before the ruling comes into force on May 8th, and the South African world and Olympic champion stormed to gold in 1:54.98sec which is a meet record and world-leading mark.
Francine Niyonsaba of Burundi took silver in 1:57.75sec and Ajee Wilson of USA took bronze in 1:58.83.
“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."