South African middle distance runner, Caster Semenya, powered her way to a double gold, breaking Seychelles’Joanna Houareau’s 15-year old record in the process at the 2018 Commonwealth Games today (13 April) in Gold Coast, Australia.
Today’s achievement comes hot on the heels of similar exploits in the 1 500m event earlier in the week.
Semenya clocked a time of 1:56.68 to eclipse Houareau’s 1:58.07. Margaret Wambui of Kenya came second in 1:58.07 with Jamaica’s Natoya Goule clocking a personal best time of 1:58.82.
Semenya dedicated her gold medal to all the rural girls from Africa.
“This win is actually not about me but it’s for all the African girls coming from the rural areas who don’t believe this is possible. But anything is possible… I want this to inspire them and let them believe in themselves,” she said.
Meanwhile, Martins Erasmus added a 13th gold medal to Team SA’s tally on a Friday the 13th! Erasmus, a car parts salesman at a car dealer in East Rand, Gauteng, beat India’s Mausam Khatri 12-2 to clinch South Africa’s gold medal at the Commonwealth Games.