THE South African government on Sunday congratulated Caster Semenya on winning gold in the women’s 800m final in Rio.
“Caster Semenya gave the world a sterling performance as she broke the national record and breezed through the finish line in the 800m final at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games and took gold. Government congratulates Semenya on her outstanding achievement in which she finished the race in 1:55:28,” A statement issued by the GCIS said.
South Africans were celebrating with Semenya for flying the South African flag high. Minister in the Presidency responsible for women Susan Shabangu said: “Caster was a popular choice from the beginning and we were in full support of our South African sensation. Her commendable win is a result of her hard work and dedication. Caster has made South Africa very proud and we wish her well in her future endeavours.
“Government is also proud of all our participants for giving their best at the Rio Games. South African citizens also excelled in their support of our South African heroes. Let us welcome all participants with the same enthusiasm and vigour when they return home,” she said.
South African International Olympic Committee (IOC) member Anant Singh also congratulated Semenya on her performance.
“It is with great pride as a South African that I congratulate Caster Semenya on winning the 800m final, and setting a new national record. I commend her for her resilience, and for remaining focused on attaining her goal of an Olympic gold medal, under very stressful circumstances,” he said. – ANA