South African swimmer Chad Le Clos defeated favored American swimmer Michael Phelps in the men’s 200m Butterfly final yesterday. The young South African swimmer surprised swimming fanatics, especially those who predicted that Phelps would win the gold once again. However, today has not brought the same fortune to the Nigerian men’s basketball team. The optimistic team failed to claim victory over Lithuania.
In boxing, Thomas Essomba of Cameroon defeated Abdelali Daraa (below) of Morocco in the Men’s Light Fly division’s round of 32. He will be the only African athlete moving forward in his weight category. And, in the Men’s Light Welter, the only African boxer progressing forward is Abderrazak Houya of Tunisia.
Alaaeldin Abouelkassem of Egypt won the silver medal in the Men’s Individual Foil fencing competition. Abouelkassem made African history by winning Africa’s first-ever Olympic Fencing medal. The 21-year-old was off the fencing community’s radar, but emerged as an underdog in the competition. His silver medal was also Egypt’s first medal at the 2012 London Summer Olympics.
In men’s field hockey, Sou
th Africa drew 2-2 against Britain. Even though not a victory, the result is welcome. Egypt’s men’s football team celebrated a 3-1 victory against Belarus earlier today. Three African men’s football teams are still to compete later on today: Gabon will take on Korea, Morocco goes head to head with Spain, and Senegal faces off against the United Arab Emirates. We are hoping for some good results from these African teams. Africa currently holds three Olympic medals thus far; two gold from South Africa and one silver from Egypt.
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