Speed ​​and male hormones. Mbom Polarizes Sprint – Athletics – Sports

He runs faster than men. The former Polish champion suggested that she be tested for gender. She has outclassed her rivals twice this week and set another world junior record.

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Sprint star from Namibia Christine Mbom.

Christine Mbom, though unintentionally, polarizes the athletic community. In addition, it breaks one record after another.

On Thursday, she beat the complete competition at the final meeting of the Diamond League in Zurich, when she set a new junior world record at the 200 m, a new African maximum and the best time in the under-20s category.

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“The best race of my life. I am very happy, “the happy winner was looking forward to it.

Still only an 18-year-old runner originally specialized in the 400 m, but shortly before the start of the Tokyo Olympics, her and compatriot Beatrice Masilingi were banned from starting on this track.

The reason is the increased testosterone level, which they both report as a genetic error. Before the ban from World Athletics (WA), three of the four top times of the year ran 400 m.

They dealt with the intervention of athletic bosses in their own way.

Mbom sensationally won silver at 200 m in Tokyo, when she was not enough just for the currently fastest Jamaican woman on the planet, Elaine Thompson-Herah.

Masilingi finished sixth.

According to WA, both Namibians belong to the group of so-called intersex athletes. Elevated testosterone levels can give them an advantage in speed and endurance.

Therefore, according to the rules of DSD (Differences of Sexual Development), they cannot compete on the 400 m, although on the half track they can.

Opponents are still expressing a cautious tone about Mbomová.

American Gabby Thomas, who finished third in Tokyo behind an African rocket, was asked by journalists about the presence of both Namibians in the Olympic finals.

“It’s hard for me to say that because I don’t know their biology,” said Thomas, who studied neurobiology and medicine at Harvard.

“I don’t know how decisions are made which competitor can and cannot compete on a given track. I try to do my best to stay out of this topic, “she added to the NY Times.

According to the latest reports, World Athletics plans to change the settings and conditions in connection with the competition of intersex athletes.

These are currently based on the results of studies from 2017.


Source: Pravda.sk – Šport – Futbal – Hokej by sport.pravda.sk.

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