Caster Semenya ran in the 1 500 metre at the Commonwealth Games in Australia today. She won the race and finished in a record time of 4:00.71 seconds.
Zola Budd set the South African national record in 1984 for the 1 500 metre, with a time of 4:01:81. The record has stood for 34 years. Caster finished in a whole second less and we couldn’t be more proud!
Thabo Mafisa tweeted a video of the run with live commentary of the whole thing that is pure gold, and quickly going viral. It gets particularly heated towards the end:
— #TheHostessSABC3 (@SirBluebird) April 10, 2018
Timeslive reports that Caster ‘Ran with her usual confidence‚ sitting in fifth place behind leader Beatrice Chepkoech of Kenya before making her move with some 300 metres to go. When she attacked‚ nobody could respond‚ although the two medallists behind her both set personal bests.’
Caster’s gold medal is the only gold South Africa won today. Well done Caster, for making us proud as always.