South Africans React to Caster Semenya's Win in Paris
The indomitable athlete won the 2000m race in Paris yesterday amid her battle with the IAAF.
Yesterday, two-time Olympic gold medalist, Caster Semenya, took home first prize in the 2000m race in Montreuil, Paris. The race was her first since having appealed the IAAF's decision to bar her from competing without first taking testosterone-reducing medication.
There's simply no stopping Semenya. Just when the IAAF thought their discriminatory action had succeeded in permanently barring the superstar athlete from competing as she is, Semenya has proven them wrong—again.
She finished her race in 5m 38.19 seconds ahead of Ethiopian athletes Hawi Feysa and Adanech Anbesa. Semenya's win comes just after the Swiss Supreme Court suspended the initial ruling by the Court of Arbitration for Sport (Cas) that saw her lose her appeal last month against the IAAF's new testosterone regulations for women athletes.
Never one to say too much and at times, anything at all, Semenya simply tweeted, "They keep talking, I keep winning. Isn't that beautiful...?" after her victory.
They keep talking, I keep winning. Isn't that beautiful...?🤞🗣— Caster Semenya (@Caster Semenya)1560324911.0
South Africans have once again taken to social media to congratulate the athlete and naturally, throw some serious (and deserved) shade the IAAF's way.
#CasterSemenya IAAF members to each other right now : I told you we should have banned her from all events!!!!🤬😡— Dr D (@Dr D)1560327472.0
You just cannot keep this women down! Well done! Continue to be the thorn in the flesh of the @iaaforg #CasterSemenya— Darran Nadas (@Darran Nadas)1560325985.0
From the former Minister of Arts and Culture Nathi Mthethwa to a number of celebrities, everyone is joining in on sending good vibes to Semenya. Take a look at some of these reactions and congratulatory messages below:
Semenya cruised to victory over 2,000m after filing an appeal against the IAAF's ruling to restrict testosterone le… https://t.co/WnHB1Nt6Fg— Thatso🌻 (@Thatso🌻)1560325502.0
Whomst are You? I am the gehl! 😎 Banyise banye nyi wena caster! #CasterSemenya https://t.co/ezpUwjJSwe— Phumeza Dzanibe (@Phumeza Dzanibe)1560327734.0
#CasterSemenya You are a legend!! You still deliver victory irrespective of the discrimination, sideline and all th… https://t.co/5tP6tzI8Zr— Tshepiso (@Tshepiso)1560323046.0
Look at South Africa’s greatest athlete Caster Semenya being interviewed after her awesome win in the 2000m in Pari… https://t.co/EMl4cSVcf1— cheryl roberts (@cheryl roberts)1560320348.0
"The higher you build your barriers The taller I become The further you take my rights away The faster I will run Y… https://t.co/FDvo18Gi7u— Poloko Gaethijwe (@Poloko Gaethijwe)1560324634.0
We celebrate another astounding victory from one of our most decorated sporting exports #CasterSemenya who has won… https://t.co/ylGyPiIZPl— Min. Nathi Mthethwa (@Min. Nathi Mthethwa)1560327119.0