SASCOC celebrates Semenya Silver- 13 Aug 2012 00:00:00
Olympic governing body SASCOC congratulated Caster Semenya’s silver medal in the women’s 800-metre final in London on Saturday night, South Africa’s final medal of the London 2012 campaign.
Semenya powered her way down the final straight in front of a packed Olympic stadium for a season’s best time of 1min 57.23sec – just one second behind Russia’s Mariya Savinova.
SASCOC chief executive officer Tubby Reddy said: ‘This is a fantastic result for Caster, especially so, after what she had to go through after the 2009 World Championships. But all credit to her. She has shown true South African spirit and never gives up. She is a credit to both the Olympic spirit and South Africa as a nation.’
‘Her silver also takes us to six medals, making it a tremendous achievement at these Games and credit to an amazing amount of work by all concerned… athletes, coaches, administrators especially.’
Semenya’s silver was South Africa’s sixth medal of the campaign, making London 2012 the most successful Olympics since re-admission to international sport in Barcelona back in 1992.
The team has six medals, equalling the amount of gold medals (three) of Atlanta in 1996 but improving the total medal tally by one.