Sport / 12 November 2018, 2:00pm / Ockert De Villiers
JOHANNESBURG – Caster Semenya was the winner at the annual SA Sports Awards where she walked away with the two major accolades in Bloemfontein last night. The track star was recognised for her stellar performances in 2018. Swimming star Chad le Clos was named Sportsman of the Year.
Two-time Olympic champion Semenya was crowned Sportswoman of the Year and Sports Star of the Year in the South African Sports and Recreation annual awards evening.
Semenya went on a medal-winning spree this year clinching the 800-1500m double gold at the Commonwealth Games, the 400-800m double at the African Championships, the 800m Diamond Trophy and the Continental Cup title in her specialist two-lap event.
She was unbeaten in her nine 800m finals including the Commonwealth Games, African Championships, Diamond League final and Continental Cup while setting national records in the 400m, 800m, 1000m and 1500m.
The queen of South African athletics also made the IAAF-nominated ranks for the IAAF Female World Athlete of the Year award, making the shortlist of 10 nominees. Semenya’s mentor, Samuel Sepeng, brother of South African middle-distance legend Hezekiel, received the Coach of the Year award.