Middle-distance runner and world champion Caster Semenya, 23, made history in 2009 when she drastically improved her time for the 800-meter race, prompting rumors about her gender. Born on Jan. 7, 1991 in Limpopo, South Africa, Semenya has many awards to her name due to her extreme speed and athleticism. These include a silver medal in the 2012 Summer Olympics and a gold and silver medal in the 2009 and 2011 World Championships. Semenya, 23, has tried to stay out of the media spotlight. She was the subject of a genetic testing scandal and earlier this year, was rumored to be engaged to another female athlete. Semenya lives in South Africa where she balances studies in sports science at the University of Pretoria with her athletic career.
Here are 17 things you didn’t know about runner Caster Semenya.