- Caster Semenya, one of South Africa’s most prominent athletes, has been nominated for the Laureus World Sportswoman of the Year award
- She has taken top honours in the 800m in the last two Olympic games, as well as World Championships
- She is looking to improve on her 1500m performance and taking the double in the 2020 Tokyo Olympic games
Caster Semenya is flying South Africa’s flag high once again with her recent nomination for the Laureus World Sportswoman of the Year award.
Briefly.co.za learned that Caster stands a good chance of walking away with the trophy. She has been frequenting podiums left and right this year. In August, at the World Championships in London she won gold in the 800m and bronze in the 1500m.
Furthermore, she is the reigning 2012 and 2016 Olympic champion for the 800m. Her nomination for the prestigious award means the world to Caster. She admits that she has dreamt about it for many years.
“You know, as athletes we have goals and dreams, but this is one of the dreams I have had from a young age. I grew up watching sports stars being nominated. I would wish to be there one day.”
Caster finds herself in very esteemed company being nominated along with Serena Williams, Katie Ledecky, Allyson Felix, Mikaela Shiffrin and Garbine Muguruza.
She says the Rio Olympics remain a highlight in her athletic career.
“Obviously the World Championships in 2009 too, because it was the first time I made it to the scene.”
Her next goal includes an attempt at the double at the Commonwealth Games in Australia later this year. She also has her sights set on African Champs and the World Cup. She is looking forward to the Tokyo Olympic Games in 2020, which she believes will probably be her last in the 800m.
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