BIRTH NAME: Mokgadi Caster Semenya
DATE OF BIRTH: 7 January 1991
PLACE OF BIRTH: Ga-Masehlong (Moletjie), Limpopo
WIFE: Violet Raseboya
PARENTS: Dorcus Semenya (Mother) and Jacob Semenya (Father)
Caster Semenya is a South African middle-distance runner best known for winning old in the women’s 800 metres at the 2009 World Championships with a time of 1:55.45 and at the 2017 World Championships in her new personal best, 1:55.16.
Early Life , Background And Childhood
Mokgadi Caster Semenya was born on the 7th January 1991 in Ga-Masehlong village in Moletjie, near Polokwane, Limpopo to her parents Dorus and Jacob Semenya. As a child, Semenya went to live with her grandmother, Maputhi Sekgala in a nearby village. Caster played soccer at school and trained everyday after school, often running from village to village.
Caster Semenya attended Nthema Secondary School and later went on to study Sports Science at the University of North West.
Mpho Maboi and Reneilwe Letsholonyane had their colourful traditional wedding on Saturday, 24 March 2018. The couple has been two children’s, daughter Keneilwe and son Thato.
Caster Semenya Wife
Caster Semenya and Violet Raseboya get married in a traditional white wedding in 08 January 2017.
In the African Junior Championships in 2009 Caster Semenya won both the 800 meters (m) and 1500 m races with the times of 1:56.72 and 4:08.01 respectively, simultaneously breaking the 800 m Senior and Junior South African records held by Zelda Pretorius at 1:58.85, and Zola Budd at 2:00.90, respectively.
In August of the same year, when Semenya was 18 years old she won gold in the 800 m World Championships with a time of 1:55.45 in the final, setting the fastest time of the year.
Semenya began to receive widespread acclaim, also being voted Track and Field News number one women’s 800 m runner of 2009.
On 16 April 2016, Semenya became the first person to win all three of the 400m, 800m, and 1 500m titles at the South African National Championships, setting world leading marks of 50.74 and 1:58.45 in the first two events, and a 4:10.93 in the 1500m, all within a nearly 4-hour span of each other.
On 16 July, she set a new national record for 800 meters of 1:55:33. On 20 August, she won the gold medal in the women’s 800 meters at the Rio Olympics with a time of 1:55.28. Immediately after the race Lynsey Sharp, finishing sixth, broke in tears on the rule change saying “Everyone can see it’s two separate races so there’s nothing I can do,” while fifth-placed Joanna Józwik reportedly claimed that she was the “first European” and “second white” to finish the race.
Caster Semenya achieved gold and her personal best in 800 m of 1:55:17 at the 2017 World Championships held in London.