Juggling studies and the athletics track is not an easy job, but 27-year-old Olympian and world-record holder Caster Semenya has added yet another "difficult task accomplished" to her CV.
She received her diploma in sports science from North-West University (NWU) on Tuesday, a few days after smashing the South African 1,000m record that had stood for 35 years at the Athletix Grand Prixmeeting held at the University of Pretoria (Tuks).
Semenya actually started her sports science studies at Tuks, but dropped out. In an interview with Destiny magazine last year, she credited her wife, Violet Raseboya, as the one who encouraged her to resume her studies at NWU, so that she will have alternatives when her running career ends.
Semenya and Raseboya took to social media to post moments they'd captured of graduation day. "#MamaIMadeIt" was Semenya's simple, moving caption to her post.
She has proven an inspiration to many on Twitter:
Proud moment for all South African women,wena u are amazing,u are black gold,u are magic,u are everything!— Zodwa (@madamzoe) March 13, 2018
Can't wait till the day I wear my one. Congratulations👏👏— 🔥 (@AyaNdosie) March 13, 2018
Well done 👍🏼 your are inspirational & also very lovely to work with #Congratulations— Dorita Nissen (@DoritaNissen) March 13, 2018
Such an inspiration,an epitome of hard work dedication & resilience.WELL DONE Caster 👏👏👏👏.You did the things. #HALALA— Gentle Beast (@TheNerdyBimbo) March 13, 2018
Well done pic.twitter.com/JQ8iQClaIK— Giggs Mohube (@GiggsMohube) March 14, 2018