RIO OLYMPICS 2016: Africa

Our athletes from the African continent represented us well at Rio’s 2016 Olympics. They returned home with 45 medals, with outstanding perfomances by Caster Semenya, Almaz Ayana, Vivian Cheruiyot, Faith Kipyegon and Wayde Van Niekerk, who had Usain Bolt stopping his interview to congratulate him. Let’s look at how each country performed.


• Vivian Cheruiyot [Gold and Silver in the 5 000m and 10 000m Women’s Race]
• Eliud Kipchoge [Gold, Men’s Marathon]
• Jemima Jelagat [Gold, Women’s Marathon]
• David Rudisha [Gold, 800m Men’s Race]
• Faith Kipyegon [Gold, 1 500m Women’s Race]
• Margaret Wambui [Bronze, 800m Women’s Race]

Kenya’s medal haul included six silvers.


• Caster Semenya [Gold, 800m Women’s Race]
• Wayde Van Niekerk [Gold, 400m Men’s Race]
• Luvo Mayonga [Silver, Long Jump]
• Cameron Van De Burgh [Silver, 100m, Swimming]
• Chad le Clos [2 silvers, 100 and 200m, Swimming]
• Sunette Viljoen [Silver, Women’s Javelin Throw]
• Shaun Keeling and Lawrence Britten, Coxless Double]
• Henri Schoeman [Bronze, Triathlete]
• Blitz Bokke [Bronze, Rugby Sevens]


• Almaz Ayana [Gold, 10 000m Women’s Race and Bronze,5 000m Women’s Race
• Genzebe Dibaba [Silver 1 500m Women’s Race]
• Feyisa Lilesa [Silver, Men’s Marathon]

Ethiopia also won five bronze medals.


• Cheick Sallah Cisse [Gold, Taekwondo]
• Ruth Gbagbi [Bronze, Taekwondo]


• Taoufik Makhloufi [Silver, 1 500m and 800m Men’s Race]


• Francine Niyonsaba [Silver, 800m Women’s Race]


• Issoufou Abdoul Razak [Silver, Taekwondo Men’s 80kg Final]


• Sara Ahmed [Bronze, Weightlifting Women’s 69kg]
• Mohamed Ihab [Bronze, Weightlifting Men’s 77kg]
• Hedaya Wahba [Bronze, Taekwondo]

Tunisia won bronze medals in wrestling, fencing and Taekwondo. Wrestler Marwa Amri became the first African woman to win a wrestling medal.

Morocco earned one bronze in the boxing tournament, while Nigeria earned bronze in the men’s football tournament.

SOURCE: Brand South Africa


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