Leading Women : Caster Semenya

My leading woman for this month is Mokgadi Caster Semenya born in South Africa, Limpopo on the 7th of January 1991. Caster played soccer as a young girl growing up in Polokwane that is her talent of running was discovered from then she has become the best athlete out there. Since the beginning of her career Semenya has been fighting against all odds.

16 year old caster posted on her Twitter page

In 2009 following her win at the world championships Caster’s sex was questioned and she was withdrawned from international competitions. She then underwent sex verification tests. The IAAF said that they were obliged to investigate after she improved her time by 25 seconds at 1500m and eight seconds at 800m. Even though the test results were never published they were widely discussed in the media because of some leaked results suggesting Caster had an intersex trait.

6 July 2010 Caster was cleared by the IAAF but that hasn’t change anything from time to time her abilities are questioned. Through all of this she has never lost focus. Caster Semenya refused to let the world define her, after all what doesn’t kill you will only make you stronger.

Caster has went on to win more competitions including a gold medal in the 2017 world championships to name a few , and in 2016 she became the first person to to win all three of the 400m, 800m, and 1500m titles, if that is not amazing I don’t know what is. Semenya is and always will be the leading woman, no matter what the world threw her away she never backed down. Her attitude throughout this ordeal was incredibly, she kept her cool, fought silently. I admire her strength, I know that the world is still going to see bigger things from her , she is still going to break records. She did not have to be what the world expected her to be , but the world had to accept her the way she is.

Please share your views with me and tell me who your leading woman and man are, thank you.


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