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Semenya to keep 800m medal

JOHANNESBURG, Nov 19 – Caster Semenya will keep her world gold 800 medal and a probe into her gender will not be made public, the South African sports ministry said Thursday.CASTER_SEMENYAThe ministry said Caster’s lawyers, the South African government and athletics’ world governing body, the IAAF, had reached "total agreement" on the issue.

"Because Caster has been found to be innocent of any wrong, she will then retain her gold medal, retain her title of 800m world champion and retain her prize money," it said.

The parties had also agreed that the scientific tests into her gender, which became public ahead of the runner’s victory in Berlin in August, will be treated as confidential.

"We have also agreed with the IAAF that whatever scientific tests were conducted legally within the IAAF regulations will be treated as a confidential matter between patient and doctor," the ministry said.

"As such there will be no public announcement of what the panel of scientists has found."

Leaked test results said Semenya was a hermaphrodite, sparking anger from the South African public and government, who have rallied behind the athlete.

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