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Caster Semenya bags SPAR gsport award

The Olympic gold medallist won an award at a ceremony in Johannesburg last night.

Caster Semenya.  Picture: AFP.

JOHANNESBURG - Olympic gold medallist Caster Semenya is this year's SPAR gsport athlete of the year.

Semenya won the award at a ceremony in Johannesburg last night.



The win comes soon after her shining performance at the recent Rio Olympics.

Sport Minister Fikile Mbalula Minister also presented her with a 2016 Minister's Recognition of Excellence Award, along with other athletes.



Earlier this week, Nike honoured the Olympic gold medallist in a tribute advertisement.

Arcade Content's Kyle Lewis directed Unlimited Fight, which encapsulates Semenya's courage and determination, in a montage of powerful portraits of teenage girls staring into the camera, with a message highlighting some of the continued criticisms directed at female athletes.

WATCH: Unlimited Fight

Semenya came under global scrutiny after winning gold at the world championships in 2009 because of her genetic make-up and alleged unfair advantage over other female athletes.

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

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