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The 2012 Olympics: Race and the London Games

What does a South African living in the United States think of African athletes celebrated in Britain? Over the past two weeks, I actively followed the 2012 London Summer Olympics, writing updates for Africa.com. One of the strongest images that remained with me was the A frican sweep of the [...]

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The 2012 Olympics: Final Results From the Continent and Kenya′s Bid for 2024

The closing weekend of the 2012 London Summer Olympics was a victorious one for Africa. On Friday, Meseret Defar of Ethiopia took gold in the women’s 5000m final. Fellow Ethiopian and strong gold medal contender Tirunesh Dibaba took bronze, while Vivian Jepkemoi Cheruiyot of Kenya placed second. It was a [...]

The 2012 Olympics: Day 14 and Day 15 Updates

Yesterday at the Olympics, the South African men’s 4 x 400m relay team did not finish their qualifying heat, as Kenyan, Vincent Mumo, collided with South African runner, Ofentse Mogawane, causing him to fall over. The judges disqualified the Kenyan team, and South Africa won their appeal to advance to [...]

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The 2012 Olympics: A South African Controversy?

In an interview with the Sydney Morning Herald, South African Olympic gold medalist and world record-holding swimmer, Cameron van der Burgh, admitted to cheating in the 100-meter breaststroke. According to the source, van der Burgh admitted to taking an extra dolphin kick at the start of the race; in the [...]

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The 2012 Olympics: Day 11 and Day 12 Update

Yesterday, August 6, Ethiopian athlete Sofia Assefa won the bronze medal in the women’s 3000m Steeplechase. She finished behind Habiba Ghribi of Tunisia who finished second in the final race in a national record time of 9:08:37. These two athletes joined Karan Mohamed Gaber Ebrahim (below) of Egypt, who won [...]

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The 2012 Olympics: Day 9 and Day 10 Update

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 [...]

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The 2012 Olympics: Day 6 Update

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 [...]

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The 2012 Olympics: Updates From London

African athletes are already showing great promise at the 2012 London Summer Olympics that commenced last Friday. The first few days of this international sporting event has been a success for African participants. South Africa’s Cameron van der Burgh (below) won the gold medal in yesterday’s men’s 100m-breaststroke event. Van [...]

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The 2012 Olympics: Mauritius and Women′s Beach Volleyball

Natacha Rigobert, 31, and Elodie Li Yuk Lo, 29, comprise the first beach volleyball team from Mauritius to participate in the Olympics this summer in London. The pair has had an interesting journey from finding each other to making its way to the games. They are both Mauritian nationals, but [...]

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The 2012 Olympics: From Eritrea, a Legend and a Newcomer

Long-distance and road runner Zersenay Tadese, 30, is Eritrea’s biggest medal hopeful during this year’s Summer Olympics, after winning the country’s first Olympic medal in 2004 at the Athens Summer Olympics. He is also the first Eritrean to hold a World Championship title after winning the 2006 IAAF 20-kilmoter race. [...]

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