|Fencing Silver medallist Alaaeldin Abouuelkasseem|
Historic Day 4 For Africa at the London 2012 Olympics
For the first time in the history of the Olympics, Africa won a medal in the Fencing Tournament. Alaaeldin Abouuelkasseem of Egypt, who is also ranked 8th in the world, won a silver medal in the Men’s Individual Foil event of the Fencing Tournament.
Another victory was recorded in the Men’s 200m Butterfly, where Chad Le Clos of South Africa beat top American athlete, Michael Phelps to win the gold medal, and set a new African record of 1:52.96.
In other events, the Nigerian Men’s Basketball team lost to Lithuania, 53:72.
Of the ten African boxers that competed in yesterday’s Men’s Light Fly and Men’s Light Welter, only Richarno Colin of Mauritius made it through the Round of 32 in the Men’s Light Welter.
Cameroon and South Africa could not make it through to the quarterfinals of the Women’s Football Tournament, however South Africa’s Banyana Banyana where able to leave with a goalless draw against Japan.
The Women’s Hockey team couldn’t do any better, as they lost to New Zealand, 1:4 placing them at the bottom of Group B with no points.
|Chad Le Clos, Gold medallist, Men's 200m Butterfly|
In the Men’s Handball Tournament, Tunisia lost to Iceland, 22:32 in the preliminaries of Group A. They are currently ranked 4th in their group.
The Tunisian Men’s Volleyball team lost their preliminary group B match against Serbia 1:3, placing them in the 5th position in their group with no points.
Safouane Attaf was eliminated in the Round of 16 of the Men’s Judo 81kg category. He lost to Leandro Guilheiro of Brazil. In the women’s 63kg Cateogory, Hilde Drexler of Austria defeated Rizien Zouak of Morocco in the round of 32, while Severine Nebie made it to the Round of 16 before she lost to Elisabeth Willeboordse of Netherlands.
With the Athletics events scheduled to start in two days, Africa’s medal count should increase considerably.
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