Caster overwhelmed by Laureus honor

MONACO-Caster Semenya is happy regardless if she wins or not, as the star athlete is nominated for the Sportswoman of the Year at Tuesday night’s Laureus World Sports Awards in Monaco.

Semenya won gold at the Rio Olympics for 800m in 2016 and going up against a strong category this year.

The nominees this year are,  six-time Olympic gold medallist Allyson Felix, swimmer Katie Ledecky, tennis star Garbine Muguruza, skiing sensation Mikaela Shiffrin and leading all time grand slam champion Serena Williams, stand in her way.

Semenya is just happy to be nominated, she said, “It’s a great feeling. It’s overwhelming,” she said.

“For an athlete to be nominated amongst the greats, it’s always a privilege and an honour. As an athlete you have goals and you set standards.

“Growing up as a young girl, I wanted to be the best and this is the best that I could have asked for.

“If you reach this level it means you are amongst the greatest sportswomen in the world. It’s just a great feeling … I can’t explain it more.”

The runner  has not always had it easy in her career since she was made the centre of a gender testing saga in 2009, thanked South Africans for their continuous support they had given her over the years.

“We are proud South Africans. When we go out, we go all out,” she said.

“Whatever we do, we fight for our country. We’re doing it for our people.

“Being the only African nominated in these prestigious awards is a great achievement.”

Photo Credit- Lowvelder

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