Athletics

Semenya named SA flag bearer at Gold Coast

2018-03-26 20:41
Caster Semenya (AP)

Cape Town - Caster Semenya has been named as the flag bearer for Team South Africa at the opening ceremony of next month's Commonwealth Games in Australia.

Semenya, 27, will again attempt the 800m and 1 500m double at the Gold Coast after falling short at the 2017 IAAF World Championships.

Semenya had to pull out of the 2010 New Dehli Games on medical grounds and failed to meet the SASCOC's criteria at the 2014 Glasgow Games.

READ: SA squad named for Commonwealth Games

At this year's Gold Coast Games, South Africa's 182-member Commonwealth Games squad will do battle across 17 codes.

SASCOC promised to award all gold medalists in Australia with R55 000, with an extra R12 500 going to their coaches.

Silver medal winners will earn R25 000 with R7 500 for their coaches, while bronze medalists will receive R15 000 (R5 000 to their coaches).

Team South Africa finished seventh overall at the 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games, earning a total of 40 medals, including 13 golds.

The Commonwealth Games at the Gold Coast will run from April 4-15.

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