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AUG. 15, 2016

Semenya, running during a period of no rules limitations, is unbeaten this year in nine 800-meter finals. If she was, indeed, suddenly freed from drugs to suppress her testosterone [when the rule was suspended in '15], the effect on her sport was even more dramatic than on her times. "I don't like the idea of anyone being excluded," says Phoebe Wright, a U.S. runner, "but we have to keep our sport fair, which means deciding where the genetic and performance advantage is too much. It sucks to ask a person to alter herself in order to compete. It's not Caster's fault she was born the way she is; some may even consider it a talent. But would you watch the Super Bowl if you knew who was going to win?"