Monday, July 30, 2012

Africa at the London 2012 Olympics, Day 2

The second day of the Olympics held a little more cheer for Africa as Cameron van der Burgh of South Africa won the gold medal in the men’s 100m Breaststroke, setting a new world record of 58.46 seconds, beating the 58.58 record set in 2009 by Brenton Rickard; he also set another Olympic record, erasing the 58.83 record he made in the semi-finals on Saturday.

In the Women’s Judo 52kg, category, Christianne Legentil of Mauritius made it to the Repechage Contest for the Bronze medal but lost to Marie Muller of Luxembourg.

Aruna Quadri failed to make it past the second round of the Men’s Table Tennis Singles leaving El-Sayed Lashin of Egypt as the only African left in the tournament.

Senegal are really doing very well for their first time out. They had a 2:0 victory over Uruguay placing them at the top of their group. Gabon on the other hand lost to Mexico in a 2:0 defeat. Egypt had another draw with New Zealand, while Japan had a 1:0 victory over Morocco. Senegal are now leading Group A with 4 points.

Ahmed Mejri of Tunisia won Chitou Shafiq with 16:9 in the Men’s Light Category of the Boxing Tournament Round of 32; while Siphiwe Lusizi of South Africa won Abdulkareem Ahmed Ahmed of Iraq 17:13 in the Round of 32 of the Men’s Welter Weight category.
On the basketball court, Nigeria beat fellow African country Tunisia in a 60:56 victory.
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