Athletics

WATCH: Semenya reveals LeBron James is 'close to her heart'

Caster Semenya (AP)
Caster Semenya (AP)

Cape Town - Olympic champion Caster Semenya has revealed that NBA superstar Lebron James is "close to her heart".

Semenya flew to New York to receive the Wilma Rudolph Courage Award from the Women's Sports Foundation and tennis icon Billie Jean King on Wednesday night.

In September, James watched the world and Olympic 800m champion at the IAAF World Challenge meeting in Berlin, where Semenya won the 1 000m title in 2:30.70 and broke her own national record.

"He (James) is very close to my heart. He's someone who inspires me a lot," Semenya said in an interview with SNTV on Tuesday.

"I would never thought he would take his time and come watch me run. So, it was a great moment.

"He told me to keep on working hard, I'm a special kid. That's what he said to me so it's just fantastic. I was deeply touched," said the 27-year-old.

On Tuesday, the IAAF announced it had agreed to postpone by five months the implementation of controversial new rules on high testosterone levels in female athletes.

Semenya and Athletics South Africa (ASA) are challenging the proposal before the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS).

Semenya's hearing was pushed back to February, with the possible start of the IAAF's rule on March 26.


loading... Live
Aston Villa 1
Crystal Palace 0
loading... Live
England 204 & 313
West Indies 318 & 109/4 (37.2 ov, target 200)
Voting Booth
What is your favourite sport to watch on TV?
Please select an option Oops! Something went wrong, please try again later.
Results
Rugby
46% - 3938 votes
Cricket
11% - 960 votes
Football
18% - 1530 votes
Athletics
2% - 173 votes
Boxing
1% - 73 votes
Cycling
2% - 177 votes
Golf
5% - 432 votes
Motorsport
8% - 668 votes
Tennis
3% - 280 votes
Water sports
1% - 65 votes
American sports
1% - 65 votes
MMA / WWE / UFC
3% - 224 votes
Vote