This Olympics, LGBT athletes has a record number of at least 53 publicly-out lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender athletes. Of this number are 2 prominent athletes from Africa:
– Caster Semenya: She is a South African middle-distance runner and 2016 Olympic gold medalist. She’s been described as ‘the finest 800m runner the world has seen for almost decade’. She dusted her rivals at the 2016 Olympics during the 800m final with minimum effort to record a personal best time of 1 minute 55.28 seconds. In late 2015, Caster Semenya was married to longtime girlfriend Violet Ledile Raseboya. The couple tied the knot in a traditional wedding ceremony in their home province of Limpopo.
– Sunette Viljoen: A 3-time Olympian Sunette Viljoen won silver in the women’s javelin at the 2016 Rio Olympics. Viljoen’s best throw on the night was 64.92 metres. She became the first international cricketer to win an Olympics medal in 96 years. Viljoen previously represented South Africa in the cricket world cup back in 2000, but she has recently opened up about rejection from her family for being gay. Viljoen’s girlfriend is LiMari Louw, a TV news presenter.