As the curtain closes in Rio, meet the Africans that defied the odds, broke world records and brought gold home.

Rio maybe over, but it’s another beautiful chapter for the star athletes that made Africa proud. With about 54 medals (almost 17gold medals) the world must sit up and take notice of Mama Africa and its amazing sports people. Meet some of Africans Gold winners and record breakers:

 

ivory coast-cisseCheick Sallah Cisse:

Won Ivory Coast its first ever Olympic gold medal when he kicked his way to the top in the men’s under-80 kilograms taekwondo final. Defeating Great Britain’s Lutalo Muhammad.

He becomes the first athlete from the Ivory Coast to ever stand atop an Olympic podium

 

Eliud Kipchogekipchoge

A Kenyan long distance runner, he won  the Olympic men’s 5000 meters in 2 hours 8 minutes and 44seconds. According to him, “Everyone wants a medal, but I was coming here for gold. Kipchoge did not qualify for London 2012 Olympics because he finished the qualifying race 8 seconds late. He switched to marathon. not only did he qualify to play in Rio, he came out with Gold.

ayanaEthiopia’s Almaz Ayana smashed the world record to win Olympic gold in the women’s 10,000m in Rio. The 24-year-old, racing the distance on the track for only the second time, obliterated the field to finish in 29 minutes 17.45 seconds, breaking the previous record by over 14 seconds.

 

 

 

Wayne van Niekerk won gold for South Africa in a world record time of 4303s over 400m

DURBAN, SOUTH AFRICA - JUNE 26: Wayde van Niekerk wins the mens 200m during the afternoon session on day 5 of the CAA 20th African Senior Championships at Kings Park Athletic stadium on June 26, 2016 in Durban, South Africa. (Photo by Roger Sedres/Gallo Images)

The African Victory cannot be complete without Bolt‘s triple triple.  Winning the 100, the 200 and the 400-meter relay in three straight Games.

Bolt soaked up the crowd’s attention before the race, as he always does, animated while others are quiet, outwardly expressive while others are straight-faced and focused

We believe his spirit propelled Jamaica’s  Elaine Thompson  who claimed 100m and 200m gold and Omar McLeod who claimed Jamaica first 110m hurdle.jamaica elaine thompsonbolt triple triple

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