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Mokgadi Caster Semenya Bronze OIB (born 7 January 1991) is a South African middle-distance runner and world champion. Semenya won gold in the women’s 800 metres at the 2009 World Championships with a time of 1:55.45 in the final. Semenya also won silver medals at the 2011 World Championships and the 2012 Summer Olympics, both in the 800 metres.
Following her victory at the 2009 World Championships, it was announced that she had been subjected to gender testing.She was withdrawn from international competition until 6 July 2010 when the IAAF cleared her to return to competition.In 2010, the British magazine New Statesman included Semenya in a list of “50 People That Matter 2010”.
On April 16, Caster became the first person to win all three of the 400m, 800m, and 1500m 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 hours span of each other.On July 16, she set a new national record for 800 meters of 1:55:33.
In 2012 Semenya was awarded South African Sportswoman of the Year Award at the coveted SA Sports Awards in Sun City. Semenya received the bronze Order of Ikhamanga on April 27, 2014, as part of Freedom Day festivities.