Former Polish athlete Marcin Urbas has demanded that Namibian sprinter Christine Mboma, 18, go through a gender test because he cannot believe someone who can run her times is “definitely a woman.”
Mboma won silver at the 200-meter sprint in Tokyo on Monday. She was narrowly beaten to the gold medal by Jamaica’s Elaine Thompson-Herah, who broke the world record for the women’s 200-meters with a time of just 21.53 seconds, 0.28 seconds faster than Mboma.
Her impressive speeds have led Urbas to question why she is better than him at that age: “I would like to request a thorough test on Mboma to find out if she definitely is a woman,” said Urbas, reports sporting site Marca.com.
Due to her high testosterone levels, Mboma is barred from competing in races between 400-meters and 1000-meters, as per the Olympic rules.
“The testosterone advantage of Mboma over other participants is seen with the naked eye. In construction, movement, technique, at the same time as speed and endurance. She has the parameters of an 18-year-old boy. At that age, my PB was 22.01, and she did it in 21.97 in Tokyo,” Urbas told Marca.com.
Urbas is the Polish record holder for the 200-meters with 19.98 seconds. He is now a sprinting coach.
A difference in development has largely impacted Black African athletes.
Whilst women like Mboma are challenged over their genetic makeup, US swimmer Michael Phelps, regarded as one of the greatest Olympians of all time with 23 gold medals is considered blessed as a result of his health anomalies.
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