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Peter Pedroncelli, 6:10 am AFKI Original
The Rio 2016 Olympic Games came to an end on Sunday, with numerous Olympic records set or broken throughout the competition which was held in Brazil. Athletes from countries all over Africa put in fantastic performances during the Games, clocking fast times, winning gold medals and achieving firsts for nations and the continent. Here are 12 Olympic records and milestones set by Africans in Rio.
Peter Pedroncelli, 2:29 am
South African athlete Caster Semenya lived up to her 2016 Olympic Games potential by winning the women’s 800m final in Rio to earn South Africa’s second gold medal of the competition, and Team SA’s tenth in total. In doing so, Semenya broke the South African national 800m record on Saturday night with a calculated run that saw her winning it with her final 300m sprint to move comfortably ahead of her competitors.
Keren Mikva, 10:13 pm
Caster Semenya, 25, won Olympic gold in the 800 meters as expected, but all anyone wanted to talk about was gender. Semenya was subjected to gender testing, sidelined for 11 months and eventually allowed to compete in 2010. She has been diagnosed with hyperandrogenism — testosterone levels that exceed the majority of women. New regulations in 2011 required female athletes to take testosterone-lowering medication if their natural levels are above a certain point. The rules were suspended in July 2015 for two years.
Staff, 10:53 am
Former Olympic champion Haile Gebrselassie of Ethiopia believes improvements in technology are allowing athletes to run faster. Just halfway through the track and field programmeat the Rio Olympicsin Brazil, two world records have already been broken — the 10,000 metres and the 400 metres.
Peter Pedroncelli, 5:05 am
Thursday was a good day for Team South Africa and their 10-medal objective at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio, as two more South Africans earned medals, bringing the country’s tally thus far to nine. Prior to Rio 2016, which has been ongoing for the last two weeks, South Africa’s Olympic committee mentioned that Team SA would travel to Brazil with the task of returning home with a record medal haul in tow.
Kevin Mwanza, 6:43 am
Financial difficulties faced by talented African athletes is turning into a blessing for Gulf states like Bahrain, which won its first ever Olympic gold medal courtesy of Ruth Jebet a Kenyan-born 3,000 meter steeplechase runner. Foreign-born runners make up majority of the Gulf nation’s team to the Rio Olympics. Ethiopia, Kenya’s rival in the middle and long-distance running alongside Nigeria, Morocco and Jamaica complete the line-up that includes almost no runners born in Bahrain.
Dana Sanchez, 8:05 pm
Allowing athletes to compete in women’s sport with testosterone advantage threatens the very fabric of women’s sport, says Johanna Harper, an athlete and scientist who is transgender. Semenya refers to her critics as haters. In one tweet, Semenya says, “I truly believe haters are my motivators.” A Semenya fan tweeted, “I know Caster Semenya is a woman because people are trying to control her body. The ANC tweeted: “She remains a hero to many in SA and we will defend her from skewed conceptions of femininity in sport.”
Peter Pedroncelli, 12:22 pm
South African running sensation Wayde van Niekerk made a global name for himself at the 2016 Olympics in Rio, winning gold in the men’s 400 in world record time. Van Niekerk’s Twitter following exploded after his amazing accomplishment in Rio. To celebrate the achievement of South Africa’s newest sports hero, we take a closer look at 15 things you may not know about South African athlete, Wayde van Niekerk.
Kevin Mwanza, 8:45 am
Genzebe Dibaba, the world record holder and reigning world champion in the Women’s 1,500m is facing doping allegations days after she lost her Olympic crown to Faith Kipyegon of Kenya in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Speaking to journalists after the final, Dibaba reiterated that she is clean after her coach, Jama Aden a Somali national was arrested in June in Spain on allegations of selling banned substances to athletes.
Peter Pedroncelli, 8:20 am AFKI Original
The 2016 Olympic Games have been ongoing in Rio, with numerous African Olympians doing well throughout the multi-sport competition. In some cases these African-born sports stars have compete for their adopted countries after switching allegiance from the African country to their new home nation. Here are 12 Olympians who are not representing their African countries of birth at the Olympic Games in Rio.