Olympic governing body SASCOC celebrated Caster Semenya’s brave silver medal in the Olympic women’s 800-metre final in London on Saturday night.
Semenya left it late before powering her way down the final straight in front of a packed Olympic stadium to clock a season’s best time of 1min 57.23sec behind Russia’s Mariya Savinova (1:56.19).
SASCOC Chief Executive Officer Tubby Reddy was all smiles after Semenya’s silver.
“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 means that Team SA have now had their most successful Olympics since re-admission to international sport in Barcelona back in 1992.
The team currently have six medals, equalling the amount of gold medals (three) of Atlanta in 1996 but improving the total medal tally by one.
The team also won six medals in Athens eight years ago but only one those (the men’s 4x100m freestyle) relay was gold.
The only events with South African participation on Sunday’s final day of the Olympics are the men’s marathon and mountain bike as well as the closing ceremony.