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Caster Semenya Trades In Her 2012 London Olympics 800m Silver Medal for Gold

Caster Semenya is awarded the gold medal for the 800m at the 2012 London Olympics after Russia's Mariya Savinova-Farnosova was disqualified for doping.

Caster Semenya wins gold—five years later.


The South African mid-distance runner takes the 800m gold for the 2012 London Games, after the Court for Arbitration for Sport (CAS) disqualified Russian mid-distance runner, Mariya Savinova-Farnosova, who originally won the race, for doping.

According to eNCA, CAS released a statement on the decision today, determining that Savinova-Farnosova was doping between July 2010 to August 2013.

As a result, all her achievements during that period have been disqualified. She's currently ineligible from competing, which began in August 2015.

This makes Semenya a double Olympic champion.

Congrats, Caster!

Photo by Meztli Yoalli Rodríguez

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In the heart of a traditionally Black and Indigenous use area in Southwest Mexico, decades of environmental destruction now threatens the existence of these communities.

On an early morning in September 2017, in a little fishing village in the Pacific coast of Oaxaca, called Zapotalito, thousands of dead fish floated on the surface of the Chacahua-Pastoría lagoons. A 7.1-magnitude earthquake, which rattled Mexico City on September 19, was felt as far down as Zapotalito, and the very next morning, its Black, Indigenous and poor Mestizo residents, who depend on the area's handful of lagoons for food and commerce, woke up to an awful smell and that terrible scene of floating fish.

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