- Mzansi social media users have applauded a local woman for completing her first Dakar Rally
- She finished the gruelling race in 77th place
- Her friend took to social media to gush about how proud she was of her
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A South African woman has made the country proud by completing her first Dakar Rally. Taye Perry shared her gruelling 10-day adventure, which saw her completing 6 666km, on social media. She was congratulated by Mzansi social media users.
Elza Thiart-Botes took to the #ImStaying Facebook group to share Taye Perry's story. Perry conquered the rally lying third in the Ladies' Bikes Category and being in the Top 10 of the Rookies Category.
At some point, her bike broke down and she spent hours in the trying conditions to fix it. Eventually a car team, vehicle #389 with Spaniard Pablo Martinez and the Argentine, Facundo Jaton, came to her rescue and towed her for hundreds of kilometres.
Taye finished the 2020 Dakar Rally in 77th place in the Motorcycle Category (there were 93 finishers this year from 144 that started).
"Taye, I've known you for many years and you've always shown grit and determination, but this will stand out for me for many, many years to come. You are a hero in my eyes and I hope you receive a hero's welcome back"
Social media users were also impressed by the woman's determination. Facebook user Nico Alan Swanevelder said:
"Wow! What an extra special finish, well done."
Dean Barlow said:
"Absolutely amazing! Well done! You are a incredible woman."
Thomas Russell Wood said:
"Well done Taye! Great staying power and determination!"
Paolo Ciancamerla said:
"Congrats & very well done... total respect... keep it up."
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Bobby Brewis said:
"This lady is amazing."
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