As the Rio 2016 Olympics nears its end, the African continent is shining bright with gold medals thanks to our hardworking sportsmen and sportswomen. Despite having limited resources to train, African athletes have gone forth to make their marks on the our continent and abroad.
Their outstanding displays at the ongoing Olympic Games have earned the continent respect and made every African proud. Here are the African athletes who have won gold medals in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Wayne Van Niekerk (South Africa)
Born July 1992 in Cape Town, South Africa, Wayne Van Niekerk is a South African track and field athlete specializing in men’s 200m and 400m races. He is the world record holder, world champion, and Olympic champion in the men’s 400m race. Van Niekerk won the gold medal during this year’s Men’s 400m race at Rio, setting a new world record of 43.03 seconds.
David Rudisha (Kenya)
David Rudisha, aka King Rudisha, is a Kenyan 800m athlete with two gold Olympic medals to his name. He is the 2012 and 2016 Olympic champion, world champion, and world record holder in the men’s 800m race. The 29-year-old athlete is the only man in five decades to successfully defend his Olympics title twice.
Jemima Jelagat Sumgong (Kenya)
Jemima Sumgong is a 32-year-old Kenyan long-distance runner and the Rio 2016 Olympics champion of the women’s marathon race. She is also the winner of the London, Rotterdam, and Las Vegas Marathons. Her personal best time is 2 hours 20 minutes and 48 seconds.
Faith Chepngetich Kipyegon (Kenya)
Faith is a 22-year-old Kenyan middle-distance runner and the winner of the 2016 Olympic Women’s 1500m gold medal. She has won gold medals at several other events including the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, 2011 World Youth Championships in Athletics in France, and 2012 World Junior Championships in Athletics in Barcelona.
Conseslus Kipruto (Kenya)
Conseslus Kipruto is a 21-year-old Kenyan middle-distance runner specializing in men’s steeplechase. He won the gold medal for the Rio 2016 Olympic men’s steeplechase. Kipruto is also the winner of 2011 World Youth and 2012 World Junior titles. His personal best time is 8:00:12 minutes.
Almaz Ayana (Ethiopia)
Ayana is an Ethiopian long-distance runner, participating in women’s 3000m, 5000m and 10,000m races. She set a new world record in the 10,000m race at the Rio 2016 Olympics with her personal best time of 29:17:45 minutes. The 24-year-old athlete has won two other gold medals including the 2015 World Championships in Beijing and 2014 African Championships in Morocco.