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  • Caster Semenya: Controversial Abroad, A Hero At Home

    Caster Semenya - 400m international debut By Kevin Mwanza, 7:56 am

    Caster Semenya, a South African athlete who has for years stirred controversy over her gender, rallied her nation together on the last day of the Rio Olympics after winning gold in the Women’s 800 meters final. However, as South Africans celebrate an historic gold in the race, the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) said that it will go back to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) to have testosterone-limiting rules reinstated

  • Ethiopian Marathoner Protest Sign At Rio Olympics Could Get Him Killed

    By Kevin Mwanza, 7:04 am

    Ethiopian Marathoner Feyisa Lilesa won a silver medal on the last day of the Rio Olympics on Sunday, but made a political statement that has turned him from a national hero to a man who might be thrown to jail or even killed if he lands back in Addis Ababa. As he crossed the finish line behind Eliud Kipchoge of Kenya, Lilesa crossed his arms in the ‘X’ sign that members of his Oromo tribe have been using for months since the Oromo protests started in November 2015.

  • 12 Records Set By Africans At The Rio 2016 Olympic Games

    World Championship Double - Wayde van Niekerk - Rio 2016 Olympic Games By 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.

  • Gold For Caster Semenya As Team SA Reach Rio 2016 Medal Target

    Team South Africa - Caster Semenya for South Africa By 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.

  • 13 Good And Bad Memories For South Africa At The Rio Olympics

    Diamond League - South Africa At The Rio Olympics By 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.

  • Ethiopia’s Haile Gebrselassie Credits Technology For New Records At Rio Olympics

    Gebrselassie By 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.

  • Team South Africa Close In On 10-Medal Objective At Rio 2016

    Sunette Viljoen - 10-medal objective By 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.

  • Rio Olympics: Why Are African Athletes Defecting To Gulf Nations?

    African Athletes By 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.

  • #HandsOffCaster: South Africa Rallies For Intersex Athlete Favored To Win Gold

    #HandsOffCaster By 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.”

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

    World Championship Double - Wayde van Niekerk - Rio 2016 Olympic Games By 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.

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