Johannesburg - South Africa's Olympic medallists including
track stars Wayde van Niekerk and Caster Semenya received a heroes welcome
Tuesday when they arrived from the games in Brazil.
Hundreds of people gathered at Johannesburg's main airport
cheered for the team which received a total of 10 medals, with gold from Van
Niekerk for his world record setting 400- metres race.
Semenya, the crowd's favourite, got the biggest applause for
her 800-metres victory, with chants "Caster, Caster".
"It's great to come home and receive such a welcome. I
will always do my best," she told journalists.
"I hope that in four year's time there will be more
people to fill the entire airport," she said referring to the next Olympic
games in Tokyo in 2020.
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Semenya, 25, first shot to international stardom in 2009
when she won the 800-metres at the World Championships in Berlin.
The star athlete has been dogged by questions around her
gender, with suggestion that her body produced higher levels of male hormones.
Her competitors had raised concern that the condition gave
her an unfair advantage.
The country's Sports Minister Fikile Mbalula told the crowd
that the country was proud of Semenya, a university student who has become a
In Rio, South Africa equalled its record of 10 medals
achieved in Antwerp in 1920 and Helsinki in 1954.For
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