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10 things to know about Caster Semenya

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10 things to know about Caster Semenya

It is only fitting as this weeks Monday’s Man Crush was running phenomenon Wayde Van Niekerk that todays Woman Crush Wednesday goes to the superwoman Caster Semenya. Semenya will be running her first race today at 15:55pm ( Rio time) and in the name of luck Big Bad Wolf has decided to compile a list of all the wonderful things we do not know about the superhuman that is Caster.


Semenya was born and raised in two poor and rural towns- GaMasehlong and Fairlie with her three sisters and a brother.Raised by her two loving parents Dorcus and Jacob. At thirteen Semenya was sent to Fairlee to take care of her ailing grandmother.


Training was hard as her run school ‘The Moletije Athletics Club‘ had merely dirt roads to practice on which were unusable during the rainy seasons as it would turn to mud.

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The born and bred Limpopo-Native, Semenya is more than just an athlete with a perfect score. Semenya studied Sports Science at the University of Pretoria and trained alongside fellow Pretorian Oscar Pistorius before his very public downfall.


In 2010, the British magazine New Statesman included Semenya in a list of “50 People That Matter 2010”.


Caster married her longtime girlfriend and fellow athlete Violet Raseboya in a traditional wedding ceremony in 2015.

South Africa's silver medalist Caster Semenya celebrates after the women's 800m final at the athletics event of the London 2012 Olympic Games on August 11, 2012 in London. AFP PHOTO / GABRIEL BOUYSGABRIEL BOUYS/AFP/GettyImages

Surprisingly enough the 800m is not Semenya’s favourite race as she fears injury and does not have enough time to ‘relax and plan’ the race as she does in the 1500m.


Semenya actually got involved with athletics through her first love- football just like her much loved idol Maria Mutola.


Semenya, like most of us mere humans, loves music. Ranging from hip hop to gospel, especially the late great Oleseng Shuping.


Olympics - London 2012 Olympic Games - Olympic Stadium - 11/8/12 Athletics - Women's 800m Final - South Africa's Caster Semenya Mandatory Credit: Action Images / Jason O'Brien PLEASE NOTE: FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY

A true South African at heart, Semenya has travelled the world though still prefers South African cuisine, milie-pap being one of her favourites.


In 2012 Semenya was awarded South African Sportswoman of the Year Award at the coveted SA Sports Awards in Sun City.



Through all her ups and (unfair) downs South Africa is always supporting you Caster, we cannot wait to see you kill it later today. Bring home the gold girrllll! 


Yet another race to remind ourselves why we love her! 

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