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  • Rio Olympics: Ethiopia’s Dibaba Says She’s ‘Crystal Clean’ After Coach Arrest

    By 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.

  • 12 African Olympians Not Representing African Nations In Rio

    Femi Ogunode of Qatar - African Olympians By 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.

  • 15 Things You Didn’t Know About SA Olympic Gold Medallist Wayde Van Niekerk

    Wayde Van Niekerk - Things You Should Know About South Africa's Olympic Team By Peter Pedroncelli, 9:50 am AFKI Original

    South African running sensation Wayde van Niekerk made a global name for himself at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio by winning the men’s 400m gold in world record time. 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.

  • SA’s Wayde Van Niekerk Thrilled To Smash World Record For Olympic Gold

    Olympic Gold - Wayde van Niekerk with medal By Peter Pedroncelli, 5:26 am

    South African Wayde Van Niekerk stole the Olympic spotlight with a phenomenal men’s 400m victory at Rio 2016 on Sunday, setting a new world record in the event and earning his country’s first Olympic gold medal at the competition. The 24-year-old was thrilled with his accomplishment, as he managed to break the 17-year record held by American Michael Johnson with a time of 43.03 seconds in the one-lap race.

  • South African Wayde Van Niekerk Wins Gold, Breaks World Record 400 Meters

    Rio 2016 Medallists – Wayde Van Niekerk wins gold By Dana Sanchez, 9:54 pm

    So what’s a gold medal worth, besides fame and your name in the history books? Top athletes in the most popular sports can rack up millions through endorsements, sponsorships and paid appearances. Swimmer Michael Phelps has a reported net worth of $55 million. Some countries, including the U.K., don’t offer cash bonuses to medalists. South Africa will pay an estimated $36,000 for a gold medal — that’s less than the estimated $25,000 paid by the U.S.

  • Kenya’s Rio Olympics Experience Is Turning Out To Be A Nightmare

    By Kevin Mwanza, 8:44 am

    Doping and corruption allegations are threatening to destroy Kenya’s chances at the ongoing Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil after a second ‘Team Kenya’ official was sent home for posing as a runner during a doping test. John Anzrah, a former sprinter and part of the coaching staff was found in possession of the accreditation badge of Ferguson Rotich, an 800 meters runner who was set to undergo an out-of-competition doping test, before competing in the preliminary round later on Friday.

  • 12 Things You Should Know About South Africa’s Olympic Team

    Wayde Van Niekerk - Things You Should Know About South Africa's Olympic Team By Peter Pedroncelli, 6:37 am AFKI Original

    South Africa’s Olympic team is currently in Brazil for the Rio 2016 Games, with numerous medal hopefuls amongst the group of athletes sent to represent the country this year. With a variety of sports in play, Team SA are determined to do well in Brazil. Here are 12 things you should know about South Africa’s Olympic team.

  • Meet The Irish Priest Who Trains Kenya’s Olympic Stars

    By Staff, 6:50 am

    In the past four Olympics, Kenyan athletes have won 39 medals. Most people, however, are unlikely to be able to name the person arguably most responsible for mining this rich seam of success. To be fair, they would be forgiven. Colm O’Connell is not a former champion, has never even been a runner and has no coaching qualifications. He has never courted the limelight; indeed he has never been to an Olympics or world championships. The retired geography teacher from rural County Cork in Ireland is a balding 67-year-old missionary

  • South Africa’s Time – Team SA To Return From Olympics With Record Medal Haul

    Record Medal Haul - Chad Le Clos By Peter Pedroncelli, 6:30 am AFKI Original

    South Africa is eyeing a record medal haul at the 2016 Olympics, sending a strong team of 137 athletes to Brazil in an effort to write a new page in South African sporting history. The 2016 Games get underway in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on Friday, August 5, with athletes from around the globe having descended on the South American country in preparation for the two-week multi-sport competition.

  • South African Runner Caster Semenya Could Be The Most Talked-About Athlete At Rio Olympics

    Caster Semenya By Dana Sanchez, 10:03 am

    She and other athletes like her may present one of the greatest dilemmas for the perception of fairness in sports. No longer required to take hormones to reduce her testosterone levels, Semenya, 25, is at the top of her game. Her speed puts her at the heart of healthy debate related to gender, athletics and human rights. Track observers believe she is hyperandrogenous, her body naturally producing a lot of testosterone. There is no such thing as a level playing field, said an athlete who has competed against Semenya.

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