Superstar Caster Semenya’s a success yr offers her apart to scoop the country’s largest recreation honor at the SA Sports Awards taking vicinity at the Pacofs Hall in Mangaung today.
Semenya acquired a number of nominations, inclusive of Sports Star of the Year, Sportswoman of the Year and the People’s Choice Sports Star of the Year awards.
For the People’s Choice award she is up towards Olympic swimmer Chad le Clos; music and lengthy jump expert Luvo Manyonga; boxer Zolani Tete and footballer Percy Tau.
The 27-yr-old runner boasts a 3-year unbeaten streak inside the 800m, triumphing the 2016 Olympic name in addition to the World Championships final 12 months.
This year she continued with her scintillating shape, showing the sector that she is an undisputed champion.
The Ga-Masehlong-born Semenya dominated the 800m finals on the Commonwealth Games in April, the African Championships in August, as well as the Diamond League final and Continental Cup in September.
She set the stage early on within the yr at the Commonwealth Games, wherein she delivered home gold medals inside the 800m and 1 500m.
She become a raging flame when she decimated the 1 500m country wide document set with the aid of Zola Budd in 1984, clocking in at four minutes and 71 seconds (4:00.71) – a vast development of Budd’s four:01.Eighty-one.
She has become the third woman to win 800m and 1 500m Commonwealth Games gold inside the in the equal yr.
At the Championships in Nigeria she broke two long-standing information – first the 18-12 months-vintage ladies’ 400m national record, formerly held by way of Heide Seyerling, and becoming the primary South African woman to clock below 50 seconds (49.96).
And then she smashed the African 800m file, previously set at 1: fifty six.36 through Mozambican icon Maria Mutola at the 1993 African Championships in Durban, whilst she crossed the line at 1: fifty six.06.
She pocketed a groovy $50 000 (R718 000) when she received the Diamond League very last, her 0.33 consecutive victory.
When she clinched the Continental Cup identify in Ostrava, Czech Republic, it intended she had gained all International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) titles that count number.
Semenya and Manyonga are inside the jogging for the IAAF World Athlete of the Year award in their respective gender classes. They can be hoping to make the short-listing of 5 athletes following a three-manner balloting process which closes Monday.
Log on to IAAF’s Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to see which worldwide athletes our neighborhood heroes are up in opposition to.
Fans decide the People’s Choice Sports Star of the Year award. To vote on your favorite athlete, SMS the key-word SPORTS followed by way of the letter A, B, C, D or E to 33616.
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