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.
Semenya’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.
“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.”