The curtains have come down on the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Africa has had some memorable performances to savour at an international multi-sport event held between 23 July to 8 August 2021 in Tokyo, Japan.
The African continent leaves Tokyo with 37 medals, including 11 golds. Only 13 countries from Africa managed to win at least a medal at the rescheduled games.
Kenya takes the lion’s share with 10 and ranks number 19th overall while Uganda who won two golds are ranked second in Africa and 35th overall.
About 35 African countries including Algeria, Cameroon, DR Congo, Sudan, Rwanda, Tanzania, Zambia, Senegal, Libya and Angola did not win a single medal at the games.
Olympics Medal for African Countries:
Here is a breakdown of African teams performance.
Kenya 10 (4 gold, 4 silver, 2 bronze)
Rank: Africa 1, World 19
Kenya took 87 participants to take part in seven events including team sports like Volleyball and Rugby Sevens.
However, all their medals came in Athletics. Eliud Kipchoge and Perez Jepchirchir took gold in men and women Marathons respectively. Emmanuel Korir Kipkurui (Men’s 800m) and Faith Kipyegon (1500m) were the other gold medal winners.
Uganda – 4 (2 golds, 1 silver, 1 bronze)
Rank: Africa 2, world 36
Uganda took 24 participants to take part in four events (Athletics, Boxing, Swimming and Rowing).
Peruth Chemutai became the first female athlete to win a medal for Uganda at Olympics thanks to her gold in the Women’s 3000m Steeplechase. Joshua Cheptegei after settling for Silver in 10000m, finally won gold in the 5000m while Jacob Kiplimo brought Bronze in the 10,000m.
South Africa – 3 (1 Gold, 2 Silver)
Rank: Africa 3. World 51
South Africa had 176 participants in 23 events including Judo, Water Polo and Hockey.
Their medals came in the waters. Tatjana Schoenmaker won two medals, including a gold with a World Record in women’s 200-meter breaststroke (two minutes, 18.95 seconds). Buitendag Bianca bagged silver in Surfing.
Egypt – 6 (1 gold, 1 Silver, 4 bronze)
Rank: Africa 4, World 54
Egypt took 139 participants in 27 events including football. Abdelaziz Feryal won their only gold, coming in Women’s Karate Kumite 61kg. Ahmed Elgendy brought Silver in Modern Pentathlon.
Ethiopia – 4 (1 gold, 1 silver and 2 bronze)
Rank: Africa 5, World 56.
They took 37 participants to take part in four events (Athletics, Cycling, Swimming and Taekwond). Selemon Barega won their only gold when he beat a much fancied Joshua Cheptegei to 10,000m title. Girma Lamecha won silver in Men’s 3000m steeplechase while Tsegay Gudaf (Women’s 5000m) and Letesenbet Gidey (Women’s 10,000m) won bronze each.
Tunisia – 2 (1 gold, 1 silver)
Rank: Africa 6, World 58
They took 63 participants to take part in 17 events including a men’s Volleyball team.
Teenager Ahmed Hafnaoui produced the biggest up set of the games when he won the 400m freestyle gold, he stopped the clock in 3min 43.36 seconds to beat the Australian Jack McLoughlin and Kieran Smith of United States. Khalil Mohamed Jendoubi won silver in Taekwond.
Morocco – 1 (1 gold)
Rank: Africa 7, World 63
Morocco took 46 athletes to take part in 13 events including six boxers.
Their only medal, which was gold, was won by Soufiane El Bakkali who took the men’s 10,000m title. He clocked 8:8.90 to beat Lamecha (Ethiopia) and Benjamin Kigen (Kenya).
Nigeria – 2 (1 Silver, 1 bronze)
Rank: Africa 8, World 74
They took 55 participants to take part in 10 events including two basketball teams and five wrestlers.
Brume Ese recorded a 6.97 metres jump to take bronze in Women’s Long jump while Blessing Oborududu claimed silver in Women’s Wrestling freestyle 68kg after losing to Tamyra Mesah-Stock in the final.
Namibia – 1 (1 silver)
Rank: Africa 9, World 77
They took 11 participants to take part in six events (athletics, boxing, cycling mountain, cycling road, marathon swimming and rowing).
Christine Mboma became their first ever female medal winner at the games, taking home silver in the women’s 200m behind Elaine Thompson of Jamaica and Gabby Thomas of the United States. She was barred from competing in the 400m due to high testosterone levels in her body.
Botswana – 1 bronze
Rank: Africa 10, World 86
They took 14 participants to take part in four events (Athletics, Boxing, Swimming and Weightlifting).
They claimed bronze in the men’s 4x400m relay with a team of Isaac Makwala, Baboloki Thebe, Zibani Ngozi, and Bayapo Ndori, setting a new African record (2:57.27)
Burkina Faso – 1 bronze
Rank: Africa 11, World 87
They took seven participants to take part in five events (Athletics, Cycling road, Judo, swimming and Taekwond)
They leave Tokyo with a bronze won by Hughes Fabrice Zango in the Men’s triple jump. He took a leap of 17.47 metres to finish behind Pedro Pichardo of Portugal and China’s Zhu Yaming who settled for silver.
Ivory Coast – 1 bronze
Rank: Africa 12, World 88
They took 31 participants to take part in six events including a men’s football team.
Their only medal was won by Ruth Gbagbi who had one one in Rio 2016. She beat Brazil’s Milena Titoneli 12-8 in the -67kg category in Taekwond in the losers match.
Ghana – 1 bronze
Rank: Africa 13, World 89
They took 14 participants to take part in five events Athletics, Boxing, Judo, Swimming and weightlifting.
Boxer Samuel Takyi won bronze, which is Ghana’s first Olympic medal since 1992. He had lost to Duke Regan (USA) in the semis.
The World’s top four:
- United States – 39 golds (113)
- China – 38 golds (88)
- Japan – 27 golds (58)
- Great Britain – 22 golds (65)
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