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Caster Semenya's grandma expresses delight after gold medal finish

Her grandmother Mmaphuti Sekgala says she is glad that Caster is using her talent well.

Gold medallist Caster Semenya poses on the podium for the Women's 800m Final during the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.  Picture: AFP

JOHANNESBURG - Friends and family gathered at Caster Semenya's home in Moletjie village to witness her gold medal finish in the early hours of this morning

Eyewitness News visited the family.

Her grandmother Mmaphuti Sekgala says she is glad that Caster is using her talent well and doing what she loves most.

"I'm very happy. She has made it against all odds. She truly has a God-given talent, I'm happy for her. Caster you've done us proud."

The 25-year-old ran a personal best time of 1 minute 55.28 seconds earlier today to win gold in Rio.

Semenya said she believes sports can and should unite people.

"It's all about loving one another, it's not about discriminating people. It's not about looking at people at how they look, how they speak, how they run. It's not about being muscular. It's all about sports."



The 25-year-old won the silver medal in London four years ago. Ahead of the 2016 Games, there was speculation she could break Czech Jarmila Kratochvilova's world record of 1:53.28 set in 1983. It is the longest-standing athletics world record.

"To be honest, we're really not focused on breaking the world record," she said. "We are focused more on being the best we can be."

Staying with the pack for the first lap, Semenya let Niyonsaba lead the race up to the 600-metre mark before pulling ahead with an injection of pace to take the gold.

"The race was really quick. The first 400 we were pushing ourselves, it was great," Semenya told reporters.

"It was just about being patient ... I have a very quick last 200, I just have to utilise it."

Watch: Brazilian fans celebrate with Caster Semenya

Meanwhile, South Africans took to social media platforms to congratulate Semenya on her Olympic Gold medal.