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Caster Semenya, Olympic champion and soon-to-be mother

The 800m champion and her partner have been dropping hints for a few weeks now, and a maternity photo confirmed that they're expecting

Olympic and world 800m champion Caster Semenya is busy working toward qualifying for next year’s Olympics in the 200m, and although she hasn’t made the South African team yet, she has another reason to celebrate, because her wife, Violet Raseboya, is pregnant. The couple, who have been married since 2015, both posted on social media to make the announcement. Raseboya posted a photo of her baby bump on Instagram, and a couple of days later, Semenya shared a pair of photos, both of which featured baby shoes. This will be the couple’s first child.  

Baby Semenya 

Semenya and Raseboya got married in December 2015, and since then, Semenya has added more Olympic and world championship medals to her resume. In total, she has two Olympic gold medals in the 800m, three world championship 800m crowns and a worlds bronze medal in the 1,500m. For several weeks, Semenya has been sharing photos of baby shoes and outfits (all of which are Nike products) on Instagram, and many people assumed she and Raseboya were pregnant, but it wasn’t confirmed until Raseboya posted the maternity photo. Neither Semenya nor Raseboya said when their firstborn is due. 

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Olympic dreams

While they await the birth of their child, Semenya will continue her training for the Tokyo Olympics. After World Athletics ruled to ban women with differences of sexual development (DSD) from competitions between 400m and the mile (unless they agreed to take hormone-suppressing drugs), Semenya announced her move to the 200m. With a PB of 23.49 at the distance, she has a long way to go to meet the qualifying standard of 22.80, but thanks to the Olympic postponement, she has a lot of time to make the South African team.