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Gender tests on track sensation Caster Semenya determined she has internal male sexual organs, Australian newspapers reported Friday, triggering new outrage from South African officials and her father, who called her critics "crazy" and "sick."
The International Association of Athletics Federations, which ordered the testing, refused to confirm or deny the reports in the Sydney Daily Telegraph and the Sydney Morning Herald that Semenya is a hermaphrodite with no ovaries and internal testes that produce large amounts of testosterone.
The IAAF said it is reviewing the test results on the 18-year-old runner and will not issue a final decision until November.
"We think her human rights have been violated and her privacy invaded," South African Sports Minister Makhenkesi Stofile said. "I don't know why she is being subjected to this."
Semenya dropped out of sight Friday. The South African Press Association quoted her coach, Michael Seme, as saying she would not take part in a women's 4,000-meter race at the South African Cross-Country Championships in Pretoria on Saturday because she was "not feeling well." Seme had said earlier in the week that she would run.
Semenya won the 800 at the world track and field championships in Berlin on Aug. 19 by 2.45 seconds in a world-record 1 minute 55.45 seconds, but her dramatic improvement, muscular build and deep voice sparked speculation about her gender.
Woods Shares Lead
Tiger Woods has given himself another chance to win at Cog Hill with a 4-under-par 67 in the second round of the BMW Championship to share the halfway lead with local favorite Mark Wilson in Lemont, Ill.
Woods is a four-time winner at Cog Hill, including his most recent appearance two years ago.
They were at 7-under 135, one shot ahead of a group that included Padraig Harrington and Rory Sabbatini. . . .
Sandra Gal eagled the final hole to finish at 7-under 64 after the first round of the LPGA's P&G Beauty NW Arkansas Championship in Rogers, Ark. She is one stroke ahead of Song-Hee Kim.