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Caster Semenya is SA's golden girl

2016-08-21 09:59

Cape Town - Caster Semenya silenced her critics, storming to gold in the women's 800m final at the Rio Olympics.

Semenya celebrated with her trademark 'cobra' pose and then did a little dance as she won Team SA's 10th medal at the Olympic Stadium.

Semenya finished in 1:55.28 - her new personal best as well as a new national record.

Burundi's Francine Niyonsaba was second in 1:56.49 while Kenya's Margaret Wambui claimed bronze in 1:57.52.

Semenya has been at the centre of a debate surrounding testosterone levels in female athletes after a Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) decision taken in July 2015 put a stop to testosterone regulation in female athletes.

For now at least, the 25-year-old SA track star has silenced her critics.

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