Golden girl Caster speaks her mind



August 22, 2016
Golden girl Caster speaks her mind

RUNNING THE SHOW: SA star Caster Semenya

Semenya breaks silence after her 800m win.

Caster Semenya powered to Olympic gold in the women’s 800m final and hit out at her critics.

The South African has been at the centre of a storm over her hyperandrogenism, as her condition divided global opinion and her fellow athletes.

Her gold on Sunday morning contributed to South Africa’s largest medal haul in 64 years, with 10th piece of silverware.

Crossing the line in her gold-medal run, she posted a new national record of 1:55.28 –  two seconds off the world record –  setting a national mark in the 800m four times since 2009.

Francine Niyonsaba crossed the line in second place in a time of 1:56.49, with Kenya’s Margaret Wambui clocking a new personal best of 1:56.89.

And after Wambui was asked about what she thought of competing with Caster, the gold medalist from 
Limpopo gave her two cents.

Caster said: “I think it is all about loving one another. It’s not about 
discriminating against people.

“It is not about looking at how people look, how they speak, how they run, it is not about being muscular. It is all about sport.

“When you walk out of your apartment, you think about performing, you do not think about how your opponent looks.

“So I think the advice from me to everybody is just to go out there and have fun.”

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