Just before her 800m final on Sunday night, Caster Semenya was a trending topic on Twitter.
British media personality, Katie Hopkins suggested that it was unfair that Semenya competed in women’s athletics because of questions around her gender adding that the athlete married her girlfriend in the guise of a man.
Semenya did not let it weigh her down and she tweeted.
— Caster Semenya (@caster800m) August 12, 2017
South Africans came to the defense of Semenya but Hopkins refused to back down from her rhetoric.
— Katie Hopkins (@KTHopkins) August 12, 2017
However, Sunday night saw Caster Semenya win gold in the 800m final at the World Athletics Championships, in a world leading time of 1:55.16. She currently has two medals after having won bronze in the women’s 1 500m final.
Many went on Twitter to congratulate her on her win.
SHE DID THE THING. While they were busy hating she was busy WINNING!
A QUEEN!!! pic.twitter.com/ivRjcWVP2p
— Zamore (@JustZamore) August 14, 2017
A black queer woman is the pride and joy of our problematic nation this morning. I plan to bask in these 15 minutes #CasterSemenya
— Sivuyile Mtshemla (@Slayvuyile) August 14, 2017
🇿🇦🥇| IT’S A GOLD FOR CASTER SEMENYA! A GOLD FOR SOUTH AFRICA!
— Karabo Mokgoko 🦄 (@Karabo_Mokgoko) August 13, 2017
— Joe Crann (@YesWeCrann) August 13, 2017
"You are a Diamond, they can't break you"
100% behind Caster Semenya
Show them how it is done! pic.twitter.com/MjcvzIxNVq
— Zamore (@JustZamore) August 13, 2017
Dear Caster Semenya, thank you for being a diamond in the rough. Through adversity you came out on top. You deserve a Crown 👑 our Queen! pic.twitter.com/hZy55a3ubv
— Coach Dukes (@produkes) August 14, 2017
I'm so proud of Caster Semenya 🇿🇦! She continues to win gold medals despite all the criticism and discrimination.
— Luke Waltham (@lukewaltham) August 13, 2017