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2011 World Championships in Athletics Daegu, South Korea

2011 13th IAAF World Championships - Daegu - Women's 800m



Host City: Daegu, South KoreaFormat: First round (First 4 & 4 fastest to semi-finals) (Sep 1)
Dates: 27 August – 4 September 2011Format: Semi-finals (First 2 & 2 fastest to final) (Sep 2)
Nations participating: 204
Athletes participating: 1848
  Main venue: Daegu Stadium
Overview by IAAF  
Semenya did not compete from August 2009 to July 2010 when the IAAF announced: “the process initiated in 2009 in the case of Caster Semenya (RSA) has now been completed. The IAAF accepts the conclusion of a panel of medical experts that she can compete with immediate effect.” In April 2011, the IAAF introduced eligibility rules and regulations for women athletes with excessive male hormones, a condition known as hyperandrogenism. The South African showed patchy form in the lead-up to Daegu, placing only eighth in Stockholm on July 29. At the World Championships she seemed to click, winning her semi-final in 1:58.07, her fastest since Berlin. Jepkosgei set the pace in the final, passing 200m in 26.61, with the runners stretched out in single file. The Kenyan reached 400m in 55.86, with Semenya (56.9) in fifth, and a watchful Savinova in sixth. At 600m Jepkosgei (1:26.07) still led, with Semenya (1:26.2), a fading Sinclair (1:26.3) and Savinova (1:26.5) closest in attendance. Semenya went to the front with 180m remaining, and built up a three-metre lead with 80m remaining. The long-striding Savinova caught the South African with 25m to go, and won by three metres. Well behind the first two, Jepkosgei managed to hold off Montaño for the bronze. “I know I won in Berlin,” said Semenya, “but I am feeling much better today.” Savinova’s two Russian compatriots Yekaterina Kostetskaya and Yuliya Rusanova finished fifth and eighth in the final, but both were ultimately disqualified for doping after a check of their Athlete Biological Passports. Rusanova’s disqualification was confirmed in 2013, Kostetskaya’s in 2014, then in 2015, a report of the World Anti-Doping Agency recommended that Savinova (among others) be given lifetime doping bans. The Russian had admitted to drug-taking in an undercover cell phone video which had been taken in 2014 by Rusanova. The former doping offender had become a whistleblower and passed the evidence to a German television station, who made a series of documentaries on doping in athletics. Finally on February 10, 2017, the Court of Arbitration for Sport declared “On the basis of clear evidence, including the evidence derived from her biological passport (ABP), Mariya SavinovaFarnosova is found to have been engaged in using doping from 26 July 2010 (the eve of the European Championship in Barcelona) through to 19 August 2013 (the day after the World Championship in Moscow)”. All the Russian’s results in that period (inlcuding Olympic and European tiles) were disqualified and she was suspended in the period 2015-2019. Semenya should be regarded as the 2011 World Champion, having sucessfully defended her title from Berlin.




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