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LOG. Phelps, Bolt, Pistorius, Semenya and 34 medals for Africa

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London was the center of attention for 17 days. The 2012 Olympic Games met the expectations and 45 world records were beaten - nine of them in swimming. The achievements of Michael Phelps and Usain Bolt are quite clear, but Africa was also well represented, in particular through the gold medals achieved by the Kenyan David Lekuta Rudisha, in the 800 meters, and the Ugandan Stephen Kiprotich, in the men's marathon.


The biggest sporting competition on the planet came to an end. The world stopped to watch the American swimmer Michael Phelps to become the most medaled athlete ever in the history of the competition (22 medals) and to watch the exuberant Jamaican Usain Bolt, who was once again the fastest man in the world and who left his mark in the Olympics, like it has happened four years ago in Beijing.
53 African nations attended London, including Angola, which did not win any medal. In all, 34 athletes from ten countries of the continent had the honor to take the podium, gathering 11 gold, 12 silver and 11 bronze medals.
It should be noted the performance of the Ugandan Stephen Kiprotich, who completed the men's marathon in 2h08m01s. Two Kenyan athletes completed the podium: Abel Kirui and Wilson Kipsang Kiprotich.

Lekuta David Rudisha, of Kenya, who won the 800 meters and beat his own world record (1m40s91), was outstanding. Nijel Amos, from Botswana, won the silver medal while the bronze medal was held by the also Kenyan Timothy Kitum.
In the 3000 meters obstacles, the hymn of Kenya was also heard. Ezekiel Kemboi - 8m18s56 minutes - repeated the triumph achieved four years ago in Beijing. He was joined on the podium by Abel Kiprop Mutai's fellow countryman, who won the bronze medal.
On the female participation, highlight for the gold medals won by the Ethiopians in the 5,000 meters (Meseret Defar), marathon (Tiki Gelana) and 10,000 meters (Tirunesh Dibaba).
In swimming, two South African athletes won gold medals: Chad le Clos (200 meters butterfly) and Cameron van der Burgh (100 meters breaststroke).

Silver Semenya and Pistorius's dream
After having to prove her femininity, the South African Caster Semenya "took home" a silver medal. It happened in the 800 meters, with the athlete making the time of 1m57s23, about a second after the winner, the Russian Mariya Savinova.
The South African Oscar Pistorius made history in London, becoming the first amputee athlete to compete in the OJ. Pistorius had his legs amputated at only 11 months old, so he runs using carbon fiber prosthesis. Despite not having won any medal, he reached the semi-finals of the 400 meters (ranking last of his series, with a time of 46s54) and to the final of the 4x400 meters.

Tumba Silva’s sad "case" 
The Angolan participation at the London Olympics did not met the expectations. Besides the weak sports results, we mourn what happened with the boxer Tumba Silva. The young man, 23 years old, was disqualified moments before his debut, for not attending the weighing that happens on the fight’s day. An error assigned to his coach, Boaventura Cardoso.
Tumba Silva, who would face the Italian Clemente Russo in the -91 kg category, was inconsolable with what happened and avoided talking to the media. His coach got all the responsibilities. "It was just a misinterpretation of schedules and communication. We have been working hard here, and for a long time, and we failed", the coach regretted.

The ten African medaled countries 

South Africa: six medals (three gold, two silver and one bronze)

Ethiopia: seven medals (three gold, one silver and three bronze)

Kenya: eleven medals (two gold, four silver and five bronze)

Tunisia: three medals (one gold, silver and bronze)

Algeria: one gold medal

Uganda: one gold medal

Egypt: two silver medals

Botswana: one silver medal

Gabon: one silver medal

Morocco: one bronze medal

Phelps and Bolt: to make history in London
Michael Phelps won at the Olympics in London six medals (four gold and two silver), becoming the most medaled athlete ever. Altogether, and after four appearances in the Olympic Games - no medals conquered in Sydney (2000), and achieving the podium in Athens (2004), Beijing (2008) and London (2012) - the swimmer earned 22 medals: 18 gold / two silver/ two bronze. Phelps also made history by winning for the third consecutive time the same event, the 200 styles and the 100 meters butterfly. Equally brilliant was Usain Bolt. After, four years ago, having won gold in the 100, 200 and 4x100 meters, beating these same world records, he repeated the feat, although without hitting the (his) best records.

Frederico Goncalves


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