Caster Semenya and Chad Le Clos
ClarinsMen Mamba Sexiest Man favourite Chad Le Clos and Caster Semenya were honoured at the SA Sports Awards in Sandton, Johannesburg on Sunday.
Le Clos, who gained international fame and the adoration of millions of gay men at the London Olympic Games thanks to his boy next door looks and talent in the pool, was awarded the Sports Star of the Year title.
The accolade came with R1 million in cash and a new BMW 3 Series.
“I can’t tell you what an honour it is to win this award,” said an emotional Le Clos. “To everybody in South Africa, thank you very much. You guys are incredible. God bless.”
The 20-year-old stunner won gold in the 200 meter butterfly and silver in the 100 meter butterfly at the Olympics. He is one of the current front runners in the ClarinsMEN Mambaonline sexiest male celeb survey of 2012 (click here to vote).
Semenya, who generated international controversy due to speculation about her sex and gender, was honoured with the Sportswoman of the Year award, thanks to her 800m silver medal win at the Olympics.
The 21-year-old runner made a splash in 2009 when she won the 800 metres at the Berlin Athletics World Championships and became the subject of investigations and brutal speculation about her gender and sex.
In July 2010, the International Association of Athletics Federations finally gave Semenya the all-clear to compete as a woman. Despite the fact that results of the medical tests were never made public, nor her publicly identifying as intersexed, she was adopted by many in the LGBTI community as one of their own.