Saturday, August 11, 2012

Africa claims top positions in the Men's 800m and Women's 5000m.

David Rudisha of Kenya and his new world record
Now whoever said 13 was an unlucky number? The thirteenth day of the Olympics saw Africa claiming all three medals in the Men’s 800m. As was anticipated, the gold went to David Lekuta Rudisha of Kenya, who also set a new world record; the silver to Nijel Amos of Botswana and the bronze, Timothy Kitum, also of Kenya.

Africa also got a bronze medal in the Women’s Kayak Single (K1) 500m from South Africa’s Bridgitte Hartley.

In the Men’s 68kg event of the Taekwondo Tournament, David Boui of the Central African Republic put a really good fight to get to the Repechage contest, but lost to Nikpah Rohullah of Afghanistan.
Annabel Laure Ali of Senegal also lost out in the Repechage 2nd Round of the Women’s 72kg Freestyle of the Wrestling Tournament.

Unfortunately the Africa Village still remains closed and with only one day left to the end of the Olympics, it is really a sad way to end such a great initiative. Visitors were seen turning back after they met the gates locked.

Day 14 saw another All-Africa line up, as the top 6 positions in the Women’s 5000m went to Ethiopia and Kenya, with Meseret Defar taking the gold, Vivian Jekpemoi Cheruiyot taking the silver and fellow Ethiopian Tirunesh Dibaba taking the bronze.

In the Women’s Taekwondo 67kg category, Ruth Gbagbi made it to the Repechage contest before losing to Helena Fromm of Germany.

Also in the Men’s 55kg Freestyle Wrestling Tournament, Ibrahim Farag Abdelhakim Mohamed also made it to Round 1 of the Repechage contest before losing to Radosiav Marinov Velikov of Bulgaria.

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