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Olympian Caster Semenya marries long-term girlfriend in beautiful ceremony

Olympian Caster Semenya marries long-term girlfriend in beautiful ceremony

Olympic champion Caster Semenya and her long-time partner tied the knot

Olympic champion Caster Semenya has married her girlfried.

The runner and her long-term partner Violet Raseboya tied the knot in a lavish ceremony just outside Pretoria, South Africa’s administrative capital.

Semenya posted a number of pictures of the big day on Twitter and Instagram, sharing the joy with supporters around the world.

Love that is unbreakable! #love #ourweddingday #perfectday #perfectcouple #married #casviowedding

A photo posted by Mokgadi Mokgadi Mashishi (@castersemenya800m) on

Dressed in a stunning white dress (Raseboya) and golden breeches, velvet slippers and a dark blue, embroidered jacket (Semenya), they are the picture of happiness as they exit the chapel.

Some of their guests also took to Instagram, sharing pictures of the couple as well as a short clip of their choreographed first dance as wife and wife.

CASVIO got married!! ❤❤❤#casviowedding

A video posted by S H A M I L A R A M J A W A N (@shamila.ramjawan) on

Later, they changed into traditional outfits to lead their family and friends in a South African group dance.

#casviowedding

A photo posted by Lizelle Stemmett (@lizellestemmett) on

Caster has some serious dance moves 😜😍-traditional dress/dance #casviowedding @castersemenya800m

A video posted by S H A M I L A R A M J A W A N (@shamila.ramjawan) on

The celebration followed a ceremony they had a little over a year ago, in which Semenya reportedly paid her bride’s family a dowry of £1,500, according to the Daily Mail.

It was a double celebration for the couple, too: their wedding coincided with Semenya’s 26th birthday.

Semenya, who has two Olympic medals under her belt – one silver won in London 2012 and one gold won at the 2016 Rio Olympics, both for the women’s 800 meters – made international headlines in 2009.

After her win at the World Championships, Semenya was subjected to so-called sex verification testing after questions were raised about her gender.

The results were never published, apart from a few leaked passages which suggest she might intersex; she has, however, since been allowed to continue competing in women’s events.

The tests also drew heavy criticism from activist, politicians and civic leaders, especially from South Africa, who called the tests racists and said it violated her privacy and human rights.