Caster Semenya Biography: Baby, Age, Education, Early Life, Wife, Career, Controversy, Brand Endorsements, Philanthropy. Net Worth

The queen of the 800m race.

By  | Jun 08, 2020, 10:30 AM  | Caster Semenya  | Top of The

Caster Semenya is a renowned athlete who continues to raise the South African flag.

She shot to fame when she rose from being an unrecognised teenage athlete to being the world champion in 2009.

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In her career, her sexual orientation and advantages in the races she's took part in, have come under heavy scrutiny, but that has not hindered her from pursuing her dreams. 

Here's Caster Semenya's biography and her rise to fame. 

Caster Semenya Baby


Olympic champion Caster Semenya and wife Violet Raseboya posted suggestive pictures on their social media. Some were left guessing whilst others put two and two together.

Caster Semenya posted an image of her holding a pair of white toddler Nike's with nothing, but a few emojis as the caption. Her wife Violet posted a similar image of two adult legs and white toddler sneakers in the middle, accompanied with a heart caption.

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The athlete later posted another picture on her social media this time confirming that the baby had arrived.

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The Olympic champion and her wife Violet Raseboya have proven to be a very private couple as the baby was rumoured to have been born before they actually announced anything on social media.

Congratulations to the happy couple.

Caster Semenya Age


Caster Semenya was born Mokgadi Caster Semenya on 7 January 1991. She is 29 years old.

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Caster Semenya Early Life


Caster Semenya was born in Ga-Masehlong, a village near Polokwane to parents Dorus and Jacob Semenya.

Caster Semenya went on to live with her grandmother, Maputhi Sekgala in the village of Fairlie, deep in the northern Limpopo province.

Caster Semenya has got a sister, Nkele Semenya, and a brother, Thabang Semenya.

Caster Semenya Education


Caster Semenya attended Nthema Secondary School.

She then enrolled at the University of North West as a sports science student. She graduated in 2018.

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Caster Semenya Marriage


Caster Semenya and Violet are the true epitome of love and there's no denying that.

Caster Semenya and Violet's first encounter was quite hilarious and during an interview she had this to share;

"We met in a restroom in 2007. She was a runner and was being escorted by doping officials. She thought I was a boy and said 'What is a boy doing in here?"

Immediately, they had a connection and Caster could not resist revealing her feelings to Violet.

To seal their love, the couple held a beautiful traditional ceremony in Ga-Dikgale, Limpopo, in 2017.



They held their white wedding that same year and had guests such as Somizi and Anele attend the wedding.

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Caster Semenya Career


Ever since Caster Semenya set her feet on the track, she has always come out tops.

In 2008 at the Commonwealth Youth Game, she won gold with a record timing of 2 hours 4 minutes and 23 seconds for the 800m race. Although she did not qualify for the finals that did not stop her from training and becoming better.

In 2009 at the Africa Juniorship Championships she clocked in 1 hour 57 minutes and 12 seconds for the 800m race. She held the record of being the fastest in the 800m race beating the South African records held by Zelda Pretorius and Zola Budd.

Caster Semenya couldn't compete at the 2010 Commonwealth Games held in South Africa due to an injury.

At the 2012 Summer Olympics Caster Semenya came in second after being overtook by the world champion Maria Savinova of Russia. However, Savinova was disqualifed after the Worls Anti Doping Agency gave her a lifetime ban for doping violations. With this, Caster Semenya's silver was upgraded to gold.

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The IAAF announced new "differences of sex development" in 2018 and this required athletes with specific disorders of sex development to take medication to lower testosterone levels.

Caster Semenya however, challenged this decision. She took legal action against the IAAF for their discriminatory rule and she teamed up with renowned lawyer, Gregory Nott to confront the unfair rule.


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In a move to keep busy, Caster Semenya took her talents on to the soccer field. In 2019, she joined the South African SAFA Sasol Women's League association football. 

Caster Semenya Awards and Honours


Over the years, Caster Semenya has shown she's quite fast on the track and she has got so many awards and honours along the way.

Here's a list of some of the honours and awards that she has attained in her career

Honours

2009 - Number One Women's 800-metre Runner at the Africa Junior Champions
2011 - Number One Women's 800-metre Runner at the  IAAF World Champions
2012 - Number One Women's 800-metre Runner at the South African Championships (Port Elizabeth)
2014 - Number One Women's 800-metre Runner at the South African Championships (Pretoria)
2015 -  Number One Women's 800-metre Runner at the All Africa Games (Brazaville, Congo)
2016 -  Number One Women's 800-metre Runner at the at the Olympic Games (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
2017 -  Number One Women's 800-metre Runner at the IAAF World Champions (London, UK)
2018 - Number One Women's 800-metre Runner at the Commonwealth Games (Gold Coast, Australia)
2019 - Number One Women's 800-metre Runner at the South African Champion (Germiston, South Africa)

Awards

2016 - MTV Africa Music Award for Personality of the Year (Won)
2012- South African Sportswoman of the Year Award at the SA Sports Awards (Won)
2016 - World Athlete of the Year by the IAAF (Nomination)

Caster Semenya Controversy


She might be the best on the track, but she's she's had some ups and downs in her career. 

In 2009, Caster Semenya's quick improvements on the track came under scrutiny with her sexual orientation being questioned heavily. This led to the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) asking her to take a sex verification test to prove whether she was really female. 

Unfortunately the results of the test were never published officially, but some results were leaked in the press. The IAAF received a lot of negative reactions even from former athletes like Michael Johnson, from the way they handled the case. 

In 2010, Caster Semenya was cleared and allowed to compete again in women's competitions. 

In 2017 Caster Semenya was dragged for posting a video of a dying rat. The video showed a rat caught in some kind of liquid and as the rat was trying to escape a person's hand could be seen flicking an elastic on it. 

Caster Semenya captioned the post "deserving" and the comments section was immediately filled with people saying the video was distasteful.

However, Caster Semenya deleted the post. 

Caster Semenya Brand Endorsements 


Caster Semenya joined the Nike Advert campaign that caused a bit of a stir for supporting athletes.



The athlete joined the likes of US athletes, Serena Williams and Colin Kaepernick, who like her, experienced discrimination in their sports careers.

In 2018, she became the Discovery Vitality Ambassador.

“Caster Semenya’s popularity, both on and off the track, has won her a place in the hearts of people the world over,” said Firoze Bhorat, Chief Marketing Officer at Discovery.

She joined the Discovery Vitality Ambassadors such as South African Olympians Chad le Clos and Wayde van Niekerk and the members of Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka.

Also read - Caster Semenya Covers Forbes Women Africa

Caster Semenya Philanthropy


Alongside Josia Thugwane and Lawrence Brittain, Caster Semenya launched as a Bridgestone ambassador, for the campaign Chase Your Dream, No Matter What.

The launch focuses on Caster Semenya as one of the iconic athletes who has being nothing but resilient in her entire career.


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Caster Semenya Net Worth


She is known as the queen of the 800m races and she has the gold to prove it. With all her winnings, Caster Semenya is believed to be worth $1.5 million. 

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Caster Semenya announced that she is not about to retire from athletics and she will keep doing what she loves as well as being a parent.


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