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Too Fast to Be a Woman
Monday July 23 at 10 pm ET/PT & Tuesday July 24 at 8 pm ET on CBC News Network
As Caster Semenya achieved her dream of winning the 800m World Championship in 2009, rumours of a failed gender test spread. A vicious and voyeuristic media storm erupted and Caster's triumph was turned into public humiliation. With exclusive access, this film follows the shy teenager from a remote South African village as she struggles to come to terms with what has happened and fights to return to competition.
With the support of her family, and a top legal team, Caster takes the fight to the IAAF, the world's leading body for the sport of athletics. As international lawyers and eminent scientists thrash out what it means to be a woman, the 19 year old at the centre of the storm wants only to run. A heart-rending and uplifting story of a young woman who overcame incredible odds to become the world's best, only to find that her biggest challenge still lay ahead.
Produced and Directed by MAXX GINNANE, Rise Films Ltd., for the BBC.