SA's only Track and Field medallist in Athletics, Caster Semenya gives the crowd her trademark ‘Have Wings, Can Fly’’ salute after winning silver in the 800m final at the London 2012 Olympic Games, on 10 August, 2012. Photo: Wessel Oosthuizen / SA Sports Picture Agency

Caster Semenya says she is happy with her silver medal in the women’s 800 metres Olympic Final, which saw her run her season’s best time of 1:57:23.

With 280m to go and with the final bend ahead of the field, Caster Semenya was stone last at the back of the pack. Afterwards, Semenya admitted that she made a mistake, but her massive kick still allowed her to pace her way around her competitors to storm to the finish line in second place. Photo: Wessel Oosthuizen / SA Sports Picture AgencySemenya’s medal brought Team South Africa’s London 2012 tally to six, the best return post isolation. “I haven’t had a great season in the last two years, but I am getting there now. It was a good time for me, a season best, so I am very happy.”

Speaking after the race which saw her come from behind to grab second place behind Russia’s Mariya Savinova, Semenya told reporters: “It was great!

“I had a really good race. Unfortunately, I didn’t start fast but I am happy with the result.

Semenya has said she’ll be aiming for gold at the Rio 2016 Games, but that she’s going to enjoy her silver medal in the mean time, and maybe throw a street bash to celebrate what she calls a ‘very successful period.’ Photo: Wessel Oosthuizen / SA Sports Picture Agency“Unfortunately I made my move too late, but with the 800m you have to do what you have to do, said Semenya. “I am happy with the silver but I know the coach (Maria Mutola) isn’t really happy, as I didn’t do a good job, but you learn from your mistakes.”

“I think that I just have to get better and train harder. It has been a very successful period, so now I have to work hard so I can win the next Olympics.”

Semenya she hopes to make it count in Rio, but not before celebrating her silver medal. “Maybe I will throw a street bash. I feel very proud. For me, I feel very happy.”