Coach says ASA duped Caster to do gender test before Berlin

SEX tests were carried out on champion runner Caster Semenya "before" she won her Berlin gold medal, said South Africa's former athletics coach yesterday.

SEX tests were carried out on champion runner Caster Semenya "before" she won her Berlin gold medal, said South Africa's former athletics coach yesterday.

Wilfred Daniels, who announced his resignation at the weekend, said the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) noticed the teenager's phenomenal performance at the junior games in Mauritius.

"Before Caster left for Berlin she was asked to go to Pretoria to undergo some of these tests but the tests were not explained to her properly," Daniels said.

"The normal urine or blood test - that is what she was told according to the source that I spoke to but it was actually some sort of gender verification test that was done on her."

Athletics South Africa (ASA) - which has denied tests were done on the athlete since the gender storm broke - said proof of the allegations should be brought forward.

The 18-year-old powered to a 1min 55.45sec win in the 800m in Berlin last month shortly after a sex probe was announced.

Daniels said ASA and the IAAF had "messed up" the situation which sparked outrage in Africa and has seen the country rally behind the teenager. - Sapa

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