Caster Semenya (Getty Images)
Cape Town - Minister of Sport and Recreation, Fikile
Mbalula, has congratulated Caster Semenya on yet another historical achievement at
the 2016 Rio Olympics.
Mbalula watched Semenya's historical moment with
the Springboks after their win against Argentina in Nelspruit on Saturday.
Semenya won the gold medal in the women's 800m, setting a national record in stopping the clock in a time of 1:55.28.
"On my visit at the Athletes' Village in Rio, I met Caster
Semenya together with Team South Africa. I sent messages of support on behalf
of South Africans. Caster was motivated and in high spirits and assured me that
she will make South Africa proud. She did not disappoint but exceeded our
expectations. Caster once again hoisted our national flag high with pride and
the world watched and observed as our national anthem was sang. She continues
to be exceptional, silencing critics with nothing but success and
excellence. On the track, she is invincible. It is for all these reasons and
more that we are proud to have her as one of South Africa greatest ambassadors in
sport" said Mbalula.
Mbalula thanked all South Africans who've
supported Semenya and the entire Team South Africa in Rio.
Mbalula called on South Africans fans to come to OR
Tambo International Airport in their numbers to welcome Team SA's athletes home from Rio.