Arican countries are recording successes at the ongoing Paralympics games in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil. Ten African countries have won 62 medals in different events, making their respective countries and the continent proud.
Presently, African countries have won 7 percent of the total medals at the Paralympics Games. This is an excellent performance from the disabled African athletes compared to the woeful performance of the able-bodied athletes at the just concluded Rio Olympic Games.
Here are the ten countries performing excellently at the ongoing Paralympics games:
Kenya: The country has a good a reputation for marathon racing. Again, the country is making the continent proud. Samwel Kimani Mushai, a Kenyan athlete, won the first gold medal in the men’s 5000m athletic event on Thursday. He finished ahead of his rivals in a time of 15:11:07. He won the first gold medal in the 2016 Paralympics games. Samwel also won the gold medal in the men’s 1500m T11 athletic event.
Other Kenyans like Bill Wilson bagged a bronze medal at the men’s 5000m while Kirwa Henry won a bronze medal at men’s 1500m athletic event. On the whole, Kenya has won four medals at the Rio Paralympics Games.
South Africa: The country recorded significant victory at the just concluded Rio Olympic Games. It has continued the trend as the athletes already bagged eight medals; three gold, two silver and three bronze medals.
Kevin Paul won the first gold medal for South Africa on Thursday at the 100m breaststroke swimming event. He outswam other contenders and touched the wall at 1:04:8. He is currently making his third successive appearance in Paralympics games. Other medal-winning South African athletes are Langenhoven Hilton, Du Toit Charl, Hayes Lles, Mahlangu Ntando, Van Der Merwe Fanie and so on.
Algeria: The Algerian athletes are also thriving at the ongoing Paralympics games. Presently, Algeria has eleven medals; one gold, five silver, and five bronze medals. Bahlaz Lahouari won the silver medal in men’s shot put F32, Abdellaoui Cherine won Bronze in Judo, Medjmedi Nadia won the bronze medal in women’s shot put, Gasmi Mounia won the silver medal in women’s club throw, Saifi Nassima won Silver in women’s shot put, amongst others. Algeria is currently the second best African country at the ongoing Rio Paralympics Games.
Nigeria: Nigerian athletes are breaking records at Rio Paralympics Games. Nigeria has the highest number of gold medals among its African contemporaries. On the whole, Nigerian athletes have won 10 medals; seven gold, two silver, and one bronze. The medals list reveals that Nigeria possesses vibrant Powerlifting athletes.
Team Nigeria’s captain, Lucy Ejike, accomplished an astonishing feat by winning the gold medal at the women’s 61kg Powerlifting for the third Paralympics running. She made a world record by dominating the event in three successive games. Her medal was the third gold for Nigeria.
Other medal-winning Nigerian athletes are Ezuruike Roland, Kehinde Paul, Onye Lauritta, Nwosu Ndidi, Omolayo Bose, Ugwunwa Flora, Tijani Latifat, Oyema Esther and Innocent Nnamdi. More victories are expected from the Nigerian athletes.
Namibia: The East African country is also performing excellently at Rio Paralympics Games. Nambal Johannes won a silver medal at the men’s 100m T13 Athletics event while Shikongo Ananias won a bronze medal men’s 100m T11 Athletics event. These medals are expected to spur more brilliant performance from other Namibian athletes.
Egypt: The Egyptian athletes are making waves at the ongoing Rio Paralympics Games. Egypt has won nine medals; three gold, three silver and three bronze medals. The medals list shows the strength of the Egyptian athletes in Powerlifting event.
Cape Verde: Cape Verde currently has only one medal. The sole bronze medal was won by Barbosa Gracelino Tavares at the Men’s 400m-T20 Athletics event. Tavares bronze medal is significant for Ethiopian team as it is their first medal at the Rio Paralympics games.
Morocco: The nation has joined the league of medal winning African nations at the ongoing Rio Paralympics Games. The athletes have been able to win three medals for their country. Nouiri Azeddine won the gold medal in the Men’s Shot Put- F34 event, Afri Mahdi won the silver medal in the Men’s 400 meter- T12 event while Lahna Mohamed won bronze in the Men’s PT2 event. Moroccan athletes are expected to win more medals before the end of the Paralympics Games.
Tunisia: Tunisia has won the total of thirteen medals; five gold, five silver and three bronze medals. The medals table indicates that the strength of the Tunisian athletes lies in Athletics, especially the women events. The athletes were able to win ten medals in women events and three medals in men events. This statistics reveals the strength of Tunisia’s female athletes above their male athletes.
The excellent performance of Tunisian athletes is no surprise as they have recorded more success in previous Paralympics Games. Some of their medal winning athletes are; Tlili Raoua, Brahmi Maroua, Bousaid Somaya, Saidi Abbes, Ktila Walid, Ben Koelleb Samar, Chouaya Najah, Aidi Hania, Abdelli Rima, amongst others.
Ethiopia: The nation has appeared among the Africa’s medal winning countries at the Rio Paralympic Games. Ethiopia presently has won only one medal. Barbosa Gracelino Tavares wins the sole silver medal for his country at the men’s 400m- T20 Athletics event. More medals are still expected before the end of this Paralympics Games.