Caster Semenya must have surgery or take testosterone-lowering drugs to defend Olympic 800m crown after losing appeal

GUTTED Caster Semenya must have surgery or take testosterone-lowering drugs to defend her Olympic 800m crown.

Ahead of the 2021 Tokyo Olympics, the South African star lost her appeal against World Athletics at the Swiss Supreme Court following a CAS decision.

Two-time Olympic champion Semenya, 29, said: “I’m very disappointed by this ruling, but refuse to let World Athletics drug me or stop me from being who I am.

“Excluding female athletes or endangering our health solely because of our natural abilities puts World Athletics on the wrong side of history."

Jake Wightman, runner-up at the British Champs on Saturday, has run the fastest 800m time by a Brit for eight years.

The middle-distance runner, 26, smashed his personal best with a blistering victorious time of 1:44.18 in Ostrava, Czech Republic.

This puts him 10th in the UK all-time rankings – one spot behind 1980 Olympic champion Steve Ovett.

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