Minister Tokozile Xasa congratulates athletes for perfomances during Athletics Grand Prix event

Minister Xasa congratulates athletes for doing well at the Athletics Grand Prix Event

Minister of Sport and Recreation South Africa, Minister Tokozile Xasa is impressed by the performance of our Athletes during the Athletics Grand Prix event currently taking place at Tuks Stadium.

Caster Semenya added another achievement to her ever-growing list of accolades by setting a new SA record in the women's 1,000m in finishing 2: 35.43 seconds.

Caster Semenya broke the previous 1000m record set back in 1983 by Ilze Wicksell of 2:37.20 beating Ugandan (Halimah Nakaayi) who came second.

Anaso Jobodwana managed to beat Justin Gastlin on the 100m world champion race and our Sprinter, Akani Simbine, won the 100m sprint, clocking a quick 10.05.

I am impressed by the outstanding performance of our athletes at the Athletics Grand Prix Event. They did us proud and represented us well on mother soil and with aplomb. They became true ambassadors demonstrate that anything is possible as they all hail from humble beginnings. Allow me to single out Caster Semenya for setting up the new World Record, I am impressed by her determination as she previously indicated that she is focused and ready to achieve this accolade. Well done for giving all our women such a great gift on International Women's Day, she made all of us walk with pride. To our fans who attended the event, thanks' for coming out in large numbers and ensuring that you grant our athletes the necessary support, by your best behaviour you ensured that all is done in a safe and incident free environment, indicated Minister Tokozile Xasa.

Source: Government of South Africa