■ Born January 7, 1991, Pietersburg, South Africa
■ Achievements 2018: Commonwealth 800m and 1500m golds; 2017: World gold (1500m bronze); 2016: Olympics 800m gold;
2012: Olympics 800m gold; 2011:
World 800m gold; 2009: World 800m gold; 2008: World junior 800m gold
■ PBs (all South African records): 400m 49.62; 800m 1:54.25; 1000m 2:30.70; 1500m 3:59.92 Caster Semenya blasted to victory in Rio two years ago but was also awarded another Olympic gold after the doping disqualification of Mariya Savinova. The South African was similarly upgraded to gold for her run at the 2011 IAAF World Championships, so in addition to her world titles from Berlin 2009 and London 2017 it means she has won three world and two Olympic titles.
Her big breakthrough came at the 2009 IAAF World Championships. There, in Berlin, she won gold in style but then took time out from the sport to undergo gender testing.
After being cleared to return she has re-established herself as world No.1 and her exploits include winning her national 400m, 800m and 1500m titles in the space of one afternoon.
Her incredible range was demonstrated this year, too, when she clocked 49.62 for 400m to 1500m as she broke Zola Pieterse’s South African record with 3:59.92. Such brilliant form has also led to speculation that she might one day break Jarmila Kratochvilova’s long-standing world 800m record of 1:53.28.
She is lauded in her native country as a role model and her wedding last year to long-term partner,
Violet Raseboya, was
widely celebrated. Her coach, Jean Verster, says: “Caster is a fantastic human being, a down-to-earth person and a great athlete who is like a mother to some of the girl athletes in our group.”