There have been a few bursts of brilliance from the African continent at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.
Kenya was the best African nation (19th overall) after winning 10 medals – four gold, four silver and two bronze – all from athletics.
The bronze medal winners were Hyvin Kiyeng and Benjamin Kigen, both in the 3,000m steeplechase.
Uganda was second best in Africa (36) with four medals-2 gold, 1 silver and 1 bronze with South Africa coming third (52) with three medals-1 gold and 2 silvers.
Egypt was fourth with six medals (1 gold, 1 silver, 4 bronze), Ethiopia fifth (1 gold, 1 silver, 2 bronze) and Tunisia sixth (1 gold and 1 silver).
Morocco (1 gold), Nigeria (1 silver and 1 bronze) and Namibia (1 silver) finished seventh, eighth and ninth respectively as Botswana, Burkina Faso, Ghana and Ivory Coast tied in tenth after each winning one bronze medal.
Key burst for African nations at the event saw South African athletes celebrate a silver medal from Tatjana Schoenmaker in the women’s 100m breaststroke, while compatriot Bianca Buitendag won silver in her event, surfing.
Gold soon followed for Schoenmaker who set the pool alight with a stroke of genius that saw her set a world record in the 200m breaststroke in a time of 2:18.95.
Tunisian swimmer Ahmed Hafnaoui won gold in the 400m freestyle in a time of 3:43.36.
Ethiopian athlete Selemon Barega powered to a 10,000m win in a time of 27:43.22. And Nigeria’s Esme Brume won her country’s first athletics gold medal in 13 years in the long jump with a leap of 6:97m.
Kenyan marathoner Eliud Kipchoge showed his class by winning the men’s Marathon as Peres Jepchirchir also of Kenya took the women’s marathon gold. Uganda’s Joshua Cheptegei took gold in 5000m and silver in 10000m