Caster Semenya to publish biography: The Race to Be Myself

Caster Semenya’s biography The Race to Be Myself will be published on 31 October 2023 by Jonathan Ball Publishers.

Semenya is one of the greatest athletes ever to run the 800 meter. She went undefeated for almost four years, winning two Olympic gold medals and three World Athletics Championships, and set and broke numerous records.

However, Semenya’s life and career were devastated by accusations that she – born with naturally elevated levels of testosterone – was not a woman and should not compete against other women.

Required by the International Association of Athletics Federations to take hormone-altering drugs as a condition of competing in certain events, Semenya for years suffered side effects that she describes as devastating to her health. Her predicament surfaced a still-raging firestorm over our understanding of gender and, of how gender plays out in sports, as well as our expectations of female athletes.

The Race to be Myself tells the coming-of-age story of an iconic athlete – of Semenya’s dramatic journey from a gifted and self-trained novice to the pinnacle of her sport – and takes readers behind the scenes of her inspiring battle to run in the ‘body that God gave me’.

The Race to Be Myself will be released simultaneously in the United States, the United Kingdom and South Africa on 31 October 2023.

About the author

Caster Semenya is a professional runner from South Africa. She’s a two-time Olympic Games gold medalist and a three-time World Athletics Championships gold medalist. She lives in Pretoria, South Africa.

Categories Lifestyle Non-fiction South Africa

Tags Biography Caster Semenya Jonathan Ball Publishers The Race to Be Myself

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