South Africa's sports minister Fikile Mbalula said Semenya was an inspiration to those from similarly modest upbringings: "She showed the greatest guts of a young African woman. She has toiled out of difficulty to become a symbol of greatness and has shown that it doesn't matter where you come from. From her small village in Limpopo, where the people are full of poverty, she has become the symbol of a courageous young woman."
Semenya, who clocked one minute 57.23 seconds in the final, said she was satisfied with a silver medal but would be looking to go one better in the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.
"I am happy with silver but it was hard work. I said to myself that I must get something from the race and I saw that the other ladies were tired. I had to pull out my turbo-boost," she smiled.