Twitter reacts to Semenya's golden victory

2016-08-21 09:00
Caster Semenya (Getty Images)

Cape Town - It would seem every South African set their alarm for 02:15 on Sunday morning, as Caster Semenya took to the blocks in the women's 800m final.

The early wake-up call was worth it as Semenya cruised to gold with a time of 1:55:28.

READ: Caster wins gold, SA reach 10 medals

Semenya was favourite to win the women’s middle-distance race and ran a national record in the final.

It was an all-African podium as Burundi's Francine Niyonsaba took silver with a time of 1:56.49, while Kenya's Margaret Wambui in 1:56.89 took bronze.

This is the 25-year-old Semenya's second Olympic medal, after winning silver in the 800m at the 2012 London Games.

The hashtag #Caster4Gold was trending throughout Twitter in South Africa and the world beamed at the significance of the race, applauding her courage throughout the tournament.

At a little after 02:00, South Africans took to Twitter to celebrate our second gold medallist of Rio 2016 - Caster Semenya:

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