Wesley Botton
Chief sports writer
9 minute read
21 Nov 2019
8:22 am

Caster Semenya: The full journey

Wesley Botton

South Africa's queen of the track has given so much, and yet the feeling lingers that we haven't seen enough of her.

Caster Semenya, who won gold medal women's 800m in Rio 2016 Olympic Games, pose with her gold medal at O. R. Tambo International Airport in Gauteng province of Johannesburg, South Africa on August 23, 2016. South Africa team won two gold, six silver and two bronze medals in Rio 2016 Olympic Games. (Photo by Ihsaan Haffejee/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

Born in Ga-Masehlong near Polokwane, Caster Semenya emerged from humble beginnings to become one of the most recognisable faces in South African sport. As a child she developed an early passion for football and later took up running as a teenager to improve her fitness, which would become a life changing decision. Once her talent was spotted as a middle-distance runner, she was soon elevated into a sphere which offered both rapturous fame and unenviable infamy. Semenya has come a long way over the last decade. We take a look back on her rollercoaster career thus far. July 2008 After...