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.
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.
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: