The 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics include several African athletes. All of them are impressive because they qualified to go to the Olympic Games. While we can’t mention all of the African Olympians, some deserve special mention. They are :
1. Mariam Usman :
Usman is a weightlifter for the 75kg category. She won gold at the 2008 African Championships. Her first attempt at the 2016’s Olympics was 145 kg and she was successful. Usman second attempt was 150 kg and that went well too and she became 3rd at that moment. Her third attempt was 152 kg to challenge the 151 kg lift of the American Sarah Robles and that’s where she couldn’t hold the weight for a long time. She dropped it behind. Congratulations to Usman for her snatch at 115 kg and the clean and jerk at 145 kg. These are still records to rejoice over and a lot of weight to lift!
2. Murielle Ahouré
Ahouré finished fourth in the semi-finals for Women’s 100 at 11.01 seconds in Rio 2016. She has several medals and the most recent was a gold medal at the 2016 Championnat’s d’Afrique held in Durban for 100 meters.
3. Marie-Josée Ta Lou
Ta Lou finished third in her heat in the semi-finals for Women’s 100 at 10.94 seconds in Rio 2016. Ta Lou also has several medals. In fact, she won won gold at the 2016 Championnat’s d’Afrique held in Durban for 200 meters.
4. Zouleiha Abzetta Dabonne
Zouleiha competed in Judo but lost in the first round in 2016. She has several medals- bronze and one silver- from other African Championships.
5. Ben Youssef Meïté
Meïté finished second at 10.03 seconds after American Justin Gatlin and before Usain Bolt at the first round of the 2016 Olympic games. He qualifies for the next rounds. Meïté has several gold medals and silver medals. He also won gold for Men’s 100 meters in Durban, South Africa during the 2016 African Championships games.
6. Amy Sène
She finished 25th in Women’s hammer throw. She has several medals in All-Africa Games and African Championships where she won gold in 2016.
7. Abdoul Khadre Niane
Niane ranked ranked 48 in swimming for Men’s 50m freestyle. Yes, Black people do swim *Laughs* . He beat his previous time of 26.66 with 23.66 seconds. According to APS, The Senegalse swimmer is more than happy with the few hundreds of seconds he has improved by. His wish is to be champion of Africa one day. The all-time Senagalese record is 23.49 seconds. A number he wants to surpass in the future.
Congratulations and thank you to these athletes for promoting Africa and even putting us on the map!