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Caster Semenya speaks to critics in award speech

Athletics - Olympics: Day 13

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - AUGUST 18: Caster Semenya of South Africa competes in the Women’s 800m Semifinals on Day 13 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Olympic Stadium on August 18, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

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Olympic 800m champion Caster Semenya won South Africa’s Sportswoman of the Year on Sunday night and smiled in delivering this message in her awards speech:

“They say she talks like a man, she walks like a man, she runs like a man,” Semenya said, before finishing off the series with an Afrikaans word that loosely translates to “Get lost.”

More of the speech can be seen here.

The line made headlines throughout South African media.

Semenya has been under scrunity since her 2009 World 800m title due to a gender-testing controversy.

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