DECISION

South African Runner Will Keep Medal

South Africa's sports ministry announced that Caster Semenya, South Africa's world champion runner, will be allowed to keep her gold medals and prize money despite claims that she does not qualify to run as a woman. But the ruling has yet to address exactly what Semenya's gender has been defined as, whether she will be allowed to compete as a woman in the future, and whether she may need to accept further testing or surgery to qualify. Semenya's coach told the New York Times that she “is going to compete as a woman and will remain a woman until she dies" and wouldn't comment on what obligations might come attached to the decision to allow her to keep her medal. International track officials ordered an inquiry into Semenya's gender after the world championship races in August, prompting an outcry from many South Africans who idolize the homegrown runner.