The ignorance aimed at Caster Semenya flies in the face of the Olympic spirit | Katrina Karkazis | Opinion | The Guardian

The ignorance aimed at Caster Semenya flies in the face of the Olympic spirit

The ignorance aimed at Caster Semenya flies in the face of the Olympic spirit | Katrina Karkazis | Opinion | The Guardian

Lynsey Sharp of Great Britain competes in the Women's 800m Round 1

London Olympics: Aug. 8, 2012

Lynsey Sharp of Great Britain competes in the Women's 800m Round 1

Lynsey Sharp of Scotland

20th Commonwealth Games: Athletics

Lynsey Sharp (GBR) Women's 800m IAAF DIAMOND LEAGUE - Birmingham 2016 Copyright B&O Press Photo

Lynsey Sharp (GBR) Women's 800m IAAF DIAMOND LEAGUE - Birmingham 2016 Copyright B&O Press Photo

It's being wakened at 5am, thousands of miles from home, by a phone call from mum, telling you that you are European 800 metres champion.  That's how it was yesterday for Edinburgh's Lynsey Sharp, who broke down and sobbed. Sharp was runner-up last year to Yelena Arzhakova, who has now been banned for two years for illegally boosting her red cell count.

It's being wakened at 5am, thousands of miles from home, by a phone call from mum, telling you that you are European 800 metres champion. That's how it was yesterday for Edinburgh's Lynsey Sharp, who broke down and sobbed. Sharp was runner-up last year to Yelena Arzhakova, who has now been banned for two years for illegally boosting her red cell count.

South Africa's Caster Semenya wins Olympic gold in the 800m as Great Britain's Lynsey Sharp comes sixth.

Rio Olympics 2016: Caster Semenya wins 800m gold for South Africa

South Africa's Caster Semenya wins Olympic gold in the 800m as Great Britain's Lynsey Sharp comes sixth.

Lynsey Sharp won the gutsiest silver medal at the Commonwealth Games. This great photo shows her emotions: relief, pride and sheer joy. #nevergiveup #joyofsport

Lynsey Sharp won the gutsiest silver medal at the Commonwealth Games. This great photo shows her emotions: relief, pride and sheer joy. #nevergiveup #joyofsport

Lynsey Sharp shows off her Commonwealth Games silver medal at Ibrox Stadium. (2014) Picture: SNS Group.

Lynsey Sharp shows off her Commonwealth Games silver medal at Ibrox Stadium. (2014) Picture: SNS Group.

Chased by controversy: A timeline of Caster Semenya's career:  August 20, 2016  -    South Africa's Caster Semenya, left, Britain's Lynsey Sharp, center, and Belarus' Marina Arzamasova prepare to compete in a women's 800-meter semifinal during the athletics competitions of the 2016 Summer Olympics at the Olympic stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Thursday, Aug. 18, 2016. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

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Chased by controversy: A timeline of Caster Semenya's career: August 20, 2016 - South Africa's Caster Semenya, left, Britain's Lynsey Sharp, center, and Belarus' Marina Arzamasova prepare to compete in a women's 800-meter semifinal during the athletics competitions of the 2016 Summer Olympics at the Olympic stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Thursday, Aug. 18, 2016. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

Chased by controversy: A timeline of Caster Semenya's career:  August 20, 2016  -     South Africa's Caster Semenya, right and Britain's Lynsey Sharp compete in a women's 800-meter semifinal during the athletics competitions of the 2016 Summer Olympics at the Olympic stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Thursday, Aug. 18, 2016. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

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Chased by controversy: A timeline of Caster Semenya's career: August 20, 2016 - South Africa's Caster Semenya, right and Britain's Lynsey Sharp compete in a women's 800-meter semifinal during the athletics competitions of the 2016 Summer Olympics at the Olympic stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Thursday, Aug. 18, 2016. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

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