Tokyo 2020 Recap, African Medalists: Ghana, Nigeria, Tunisia, Morocco, Uganda, Ethiopia, Others


So far into the Tokyo 2020 Olympics which started in July, 11 African countries have stood on the podium to put a wide smile across the face of the continent.

The performance of African athletes at Tokyo 2020 has been remarkable with teenagers sending home gold as a result of their unwavering determination, passion and hard work.

We saw Tunisian swimmer, Ahmed Hafnaoui, an 18-year-old, shock the world in Men’s 400m Freestyle in Swimming. He took the lead against Australian Jack McLoughlin, coming second place, and American Kieran Smith, who won bronze. 

Recently, Ese Brume and Blessing Oborududu have made the giant of Africa proud winning bronze and silver for Nigeria.

On Tuesday, Brume leaped for glory winning the bronze in the Women’s Long Jump event. A little more of 6.97m would have seen her ahead of world champion, Malaika Mihambo, who claimed gold with an amazing last jump of 7.00m.

Meet the current African medalists at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics

● Country: Tunisia

Sport: Swimming

Event: Men’s 400m freestyle

Athlete: A. Hafnaoui

Medal: Gold

Sport: Taekwondo

Event: Men’s 58kg

Athlete: M. Jendoubi

Medal: Silver

● Country: Morocco

Sport: Athletics

Event: Men’s 3000m steeplechase

Athlete: S. El Bakkali

Medal: Gold● Country: Kenya

Sport: Athletics

Event: Women’s 5000m

Athlete: H. Obiri

Medal: Silver

Sport: Athletics

Event: Men’s 3000m steeplechase

Athlete: B. Kigen

Medal: Bronze

● Country: Ethiopia

Sport: Athletics

Event: Men’s 10000m

Athlete: S. Barega

Medal: Gold

Sport: Athletics

Event: Men’s 3000m steeplechase

Athlete: L. Girma

Medal: Silver

Sport: Athletics

Event: Women’s 5000m

Athlete: Gudaf Tsegay

Medal: Bronze

● Country: Nigeria

Sport: Athletics

Event: Women’s long jump

Athlete: E. Brume

Medal: Bronze

Sport: Wrestling

Event: Women’s freestyle 68kg

Athlete: B. Oborududu

Medal: Silver

● Country: Uganda

Sport: Athletics

Event: Men’s 10000m

Athlete: J. Cheptegei

Medal: Silver

Sport: Athletics

Event: Men’s 10000m

Athlete: J. Kiplimo

Medal: Bronze

● Country: Namibia

Sport: Athletics

Event: Women’s 200m

Athlete: C. Mboma

Medal: Silver

● Country: Egypt

Sport: Taekwondo

Event: Men’s 80kg

Athlete: S. Eissa

Medal: Bronze

Sport: Taekwondo

Event: Women’s 67kg

Athlete: H. Malak

Medal: Bronze

● Country: Côte d’Ivoire

Sport: Taekwondo

Event: Women’s 67kg

Athlete: R. Gbagbi

Medal: Bronze

● Country: South Africa

Sport: Surfing

Event: Women’s shortboard

Athlete: B. Buitendag

Medal: Silver

Sport: Swimming

Event: Women’s 200m breaststroke

Athlete: T. Schoenmaker

Medal: Gold

Sport: Swimming

Event: Women’s 100m breaststroke

Athlete: T. Schoenmaker

Medal: Silver

● Country: Ghana

Sport: Boxing

Event: Men’s featherweight

Athlete: S. Takyi

Medal: Bronze

Samuel Takyi won in the quarter-final of Men’s featherweight in Boxing which landed him a bronze medal for Ghana, a first Olympic medal for the country in 29 years. 

The 20-year-old champ will face Ragan Duke of USA for the semi-final.

By Elijah Christopher

Elijah Christopher
Elijah Christopher is a journalist at A New Touch Of Africa, is also a creative writer, a poet, and an IT enthusiast. He contributed to the collaborative poem written in celebration of Edwin Morgan Centenary, the first Glasgow poet laureate and Scottish national poet from the University of Glasgow. He loves meeting people and learning about new places, cultures, events, and lifestyles.

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