Although Africa didn’t perform as much as we would have loved; owing to the lack of accurate sports facilities, funds, and government support, they did not disappoint either. All the African winners at the Rio Olympics have been compiled below, garnering a total of 45 medals; 10 golds, 18 silvers and 18 bronzes.
Kenya tops the list of African winners at the Rio Olympics with 6 golds, 6 silvers and 1 bronze. Team Kenya also broke one Olympic Record in the women’s 5000m. The record was broken by Vivian Cheruiyot. Kenya finished 15th overall.
The Republic of South Africa finished 30th overall, with 2 golds, 6 silvers and 2 bronzes. Their medals were gotten through their success in Athletics, swimming, rowing, triathlon and Rugby sevens. The SA team had the like of Wayde van Niekerk breaking a World Record in the Men’s 400m. The team also got a bronze in the Olympic’s first Rugby outing.
Although Ethiopia is going through turmoil back home that didn’t stop its Olympic team from being one of the African winners at the Rio Olympics. The east African team got their medals in Athletics as expected. They ranked 44th overall with 1 gold, 2 silvers, and 5 bronzes. Ethiopia’s only gold came from Almaz Ayana who broke a world record in the women’s 10,000 meters.
Ivory Coast dominated in an unseemingly event, Taekwondo. The West Africans ranked 51 overall, with 1 gold and 1 bronze in Taekwondo.
Algeria being number 62 in the world got 2 silvers in Athletics by Taoufik Makhloufi in Men’s 800m and 1500m.
Burundi ranked 69th together with Grenada, Qatar Philippines and Niger. Burundi got 1 silver in women’s 800m by Francine Niyonsaba.
Niger also ranked 69th in the world got 1 silver by Issoufou Alfaga Abdoulrazak in Men’s Taekwondo.
The northern African country is next on the list, ranking 75th overall with 3 bronzes; one in men’s weightlifting, women’s weightlifting and women’s Taekwondo each.
Like their northern African counterpart, Algeria ranked 75th with 3 bronzes in Fencing, Taekwondo and Wrestling.
Morocco got 1 bronze in Boxing by Mohammed Rabii. This caused the north African country to make the bottom of the Olympic medal table, alongside Moldova, Portugal, Nigeria, Dominican Republic, Austria and so on.
Despite having a shaky and embarrassing start, Nigeria’s football team also known as the Dream Team IV beat Honduras in football to clinch Nigeria’s 1 bronze— and the only medal at the summer Olympics in Rio.