This past weekend was an exciting one at the 2012 London Summer Olympics for many African athletes. On Friday, South African swimmer, Chad Le Clos, won silver in the 100m butterfly.
All three medalists in the women’s 10,000m hailed from the continent. Tirunesh Dibaba of Ethiopia won gold in a season’s best time of 30:20.75, and Kenyan runners, Sally Jepkosgei Kipyego and Vivian Jepkemoi Cheruiyot, won the silver and bronze respectively. On Sunday, Ethiopian marathon runner, Tiki Gelana, set the new Olympic Record in the Women’s Marathon race in a time of 2:23:07. Kenyan runner Priscah Jeptoo won silver in the same event with an impressive time of 2:23:12. And, in the men’s 3000m Steeplechase Ezekiel Kemboi and Abel Kipr
op Mutai won gold and bronze respectively.
Even though Oscar Pistorius of South Africa did not make it to the men’s 400m final, he has made Olympic history by being the first double-amputee to compete in athletics at the Olympics. Yesterday’s New York Times covered the athlete’s success and the significance of the bib exchange between defending champion Kirani James of Grenada and Pistorius.
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