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Semenya 'won't be stripped of her gold medal'

GENDER-ROW 800m runner Caster Semenya will be allowed to keep her World Championship gold medal, according to South African officials.<br /><br />World governing body the IAAF have still not decided whether the 18-year-old will be permitted to continue competing as a woman.<br /><br />But her country&rsquo;s Department of Sport and Recreation said yesterday that Semenya would not be stripped of the title she won in Berlin in August.<br /><br />&ldquo;Because Caster has been found to be innocent of any wrong, she will then retain her gold medal, retain her title of 800m world champion, retain her prize money,&rdquo; read a statement. The decision had been agreed upon by South Africa&rsquo;s government, the IAAF and the athlete&rsquo;s lawyers, the department added. <br /><br />The IAAF said earlier this week that tests to determine Semenya&rsquo;s gender had still not been completed. <br /><br />Semenya burst onto the world scene in July when she smashed her previous best by seven seconds and broke Zola Budd&rsquo;s long-standing national record. <br /><br />The African junior champion then stormed to victory in Germany, although the race was hugely overshadowed by a row over her gender.