African Olympic Medal Winners at London 2012
Africa’s countries are long time members of the Olympic family with the continent’s nations participating in the modern Olympiad since 1908, when South Africa was the lone sub-Saharan team participating in London.
The second participant was Egypt in 1928 in Amsterdam. Every 4 years countries participating in the Olympics prepare themselves. Preparations are done at a cost and therefore those willing to meet the cost pick the bill and stand more to win. Participating in the Olympics requires huge financial investments as the rich countries have demonstrated in the London 2012 Olympics.
Africa was well represented at the Summer Olympic Games – London 2012. Tunisia, Ethiopia, Uganda, South Africa, Kenya, Gabon and Egypt were the only countries from the African continent to have won medals at the 2012 Games.
Below we take a look at African athletes who won medals in the London 2012 Olympic games:
Morocco: Abdalaati Iguider – Bronze (Men’s 1500m Final)
Ethiopia – Tirunesh Dibaba – Gold Women 10,000m
Kenya – Sally Kipyego – Silver Women 10,000m
Kenya – Vivian Cheruiyot – Bronze Women’s 10,000m
South Africa – Cameron van der Burgh – Gold Men’s 100m breaststroke + New World Record
South Africa – Chad le Clos – Gold Men’s 200m Butterfly
Egypt – Alaaeldin Abouelkassem – Silver Men’s Fencing
South Africa Rowing Team: Sizwe Ndlovu, Matthew Brittain, John Smith and James Thompson – Gold Men’s Rowing
Ethiopia – Tariku Bekele – Bronze Men’s 10,000m Finals
Ethiopia – Tiki Gelana – Gold Women’s Marathon
Kenya – Priscah Jeptoo – Silver Women’s Marathon
Tunisia – Oussama Mellouli – Bronze Men’s 1500 metres Freestyle
Kenya – Ezekiel Kemboi – Gold Men’s 3000m Steeplechase
Kenya – David Rudisha – Gold Men’s 800 metres Finals
Botswana – Nijel Amos – Silver in Men’s 800 metres Finals
Kenya – Timothy Kitum – Bronze Mens 800m final
South Africa – Caster Semenya – Silver Women’s 800m Finals
UGANDA – Stephen Kiprotich – GOLD
Stephen Kiprotich wins gold in the Men’s marathon event
KENYA – Abel Kirui – SILVER !
Abel Kirui grabbed the silver medal in the Men’s Olympic marathon event
KENYA – Wilson Kipsang Kiprotich – BRONZE
Wilson Kipsang Kiprotich finishing in third place in the Men’s Olympic marathon event
ETHIOPIA – Meseret Defar – GOLD !
Ethiopia’s Meseret Defar celebrates winning the women’s 5000m final.
GABON – Anthony Obame – SILVER !
Taekwondo fighter Anthony Obame secured a first Olympic medal for Gabon when he reached the final of the men’s heavyweight over-80kgs
EGYPT – Karam Gaber – SILVER !
Egypt’s Karam Gaber wins silver medal in Wrestling
ALGERIA – Taoufik Makhloufi – GOLD !
Taoufik Makhloufi winner of the Men’s 1500m race.
TUNISIA – Habiba Ghribi – SILVER !
Habiba Ghribi celebrates winning silver in the Women’s 3000m Steeplechase
TUNISIA – Oussama Mellouli – GOLD
Tunisia’s Oussama Mellouli poses with his bronze medal on the podium after his 10 000m open water swim !
ETHIOPIA – Dejen Gebremeskel – SILVER !
Dejen Gebremeskel wins silver in men’s 5000m
Credit – The London Olympics 2012