By VIRGINIA WHEELER and HARRY HAYDON
THE controversy over gender row champion runner Caster Semenya deepened today — after reports claimed sex swap tests have shown she is a HERMAPHRODITE.
South African gold-medallist Semenya, 18, has both male and female organs, it was claimed.
And sources close to the International Association of Athletics Federations — who ordered extensive tests on the teen after her amazing 800m win at the World Athletics Championships last month — say the results mean she could still be stripped of her medal.
Semenya is claimed to have NO womb or ovaries — and has internal testes, the male sexual organs which produce testosterone.
The row over Semenya's biology has caused huge divisions — with South African politicians calling slurs she is a man "racist and sexist." Her birth certificate has the teen listed as female and urine tests showed that, despite her having higher than average male hormone levels, they are within the official limits for a woman.
But an IAAF source was today quoted as saying: "There certainly is evidence now that Semenya is a hermaphrodite.
"But the trouble is the IAAF now have the whole ANC and the whole of South Africa on their backs.
"Everything is going to have to be done absolutely by the book, no question of a challenge to our findings.
"There's all sorts of scans you do. This is why it's complicated.
"In the past you used to do a gynaecological exam, blood test, chromosome test, whatever.
"That's why the findings were challenged, because it's not quite so simple.
"So what they do now is they do everything, and then they can say look, not only has she got this, she's got that and the other.
"The problem for us is to avoid it being an issue now which is very personal: of the organs being a hermaphrodite, of not being a 'real' woman.
"It's very dramatic."
IAAF spokesman Nick Davies was not immediately available to comment on the story.
The organisation confirmed this morning that it had received the test results back and was processing the data.
Semenya was ordered to take tests straight after her 800 metres gold at the World Championships in Berlin.
The athlete received a heroine's welcome when she arrived back home in South Africa following the backlash.
And Semenya's family have slammed the claims, saying: "It is God who made her look that way but she IS a girl."
The runner was last week given a make-over by YOU magazine — and called the row over her gender "a joke" as she posed in make-up and a dress.