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Semenya to run 3000m in US Diamond League

Caster Semenya will compete in the 3000m at the Diamond League's Prefontaine Classic in Stanford, California on June 30, a distance she can race without reducing her testosterone levels.

Semenya, who has won two Olympic golds over 800m, has been adamant that she will not take medication to lower her testosterone levels to comply with new International Associations of Athletics (IAAF) rules.

The race will be her first since the new rules went into effect.

Under the new regulations, female athletes with high natural levels of testosterone wishing to compete in events from 400m to a mile must medically limit that level to under 5 nmol/L, double the normal female range of below 2 nmol/L.

Barring an appeal, Semenya can no longer compete in her specialist event after she lost her appeal against the new rules, with the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) stating that the regulations were necessary to ensure fair competition.

Semenya will form part of a formidable field at the Prefontaine Classic that includes world 5000m champion Hellen Obiri, 2016 world indoor 1500m champion Sifan Hassan and 2018 world indoor 1500m and 3000m champion Genzebe Dibaba.

"It was a request from Caster Semenya's agent asking if she could run a 3000," meet director Tom Jordan told Reuters. "Of course we said yes."

Semenya became South African national champion in the 5000m in April, but is some way off the leading runners in the world over that distance.

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