South Africans still enjoying #SemenyaSunday
It’s ‘easy like Sunday morning’ and Caster Semenya is ‘a girl from Moletji living her life like it’s golden’.
JOHANNESBURG - The race might have taken place over 12 hours ago, but to millions of South Africans Caster Semenya's victory at the 2016 Rio Olympics will forever be a memorable moment.
Semenya claimed gold in the women's 800 metre race in a time of 1:55.28 seconds.
The Limpopo-born athlete led for much of the first lap before dropping off into second place for much of the second lap, but then she showed the world why she's been the best 800 metre runner this year. GALLERY: Caster Semenya's golden moments at Rio Olympic Games
GALLERY: Caster Semenya's golden moments at Rio Olympic Games
Since her arrival in the world of athletics, Semenya has been subjected to criticism and tests over her gender.
There have been questions, mostly from the international media, about Semenya's physicality and her eligibility to compete in women's events at the Games.
Semenya's increased testosterone levels, which are generated naturally, have seen intense debate around gender within sport with some saying it is a distinct advantage over the other women.
But she has done nothing to entertain her critics; instead she has used sport to 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.
And although she had been expected to break Czech Jarmila Kratochvilova's world record of 1:53.28 set in 1983, Semenya has said that she is not about breaking records, but focused more on being the best she can be.
"To be honest, we're really not focused on breaking the world record," she said.
Kratochvilova's record is the longest-standing athletics world record.
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Her win does, however, bring to 10 the number of medals bagged by the South African team at the Olympics.
But it is Semenya's victory from this morning that has given South Africans something to celebrate the whole day.
Yesterday, the athlete had taken to Facebook to remind her fans not to miss the final and this morning as millions woke up at 2:15am to watch the race, she did not disappoint.
The hashtag #SemenyaSunday has widely trended on social media, with fans showering her with love, support and messages of congratulations.
South Africans have brought out their humour with statements like "Easy like Sunday morning", a reference to the Commodores' 1977 hit Easy, and "She's just a young girl from Moletji, living her life like it's golden."
- Tebogo Ditshego (@TebogoDitshego) August 21, 2016
Black child you are not on your own. You rose and the nation rose with you.. #SemenyaSunday— MmaphutiBaloyi' (@lady_phu) August 21, 2016
Good morning and happy #SemenyaSunday— ©Made in Tshwane© (@Beekay_Selahle) August 21, 2016