To mark the start of the Olympics, here are 15 African athletes you should keep an eye on during the games.
1. Team Côte d’Ivoire: Murielle Ahouré, Track & Field
On the off chance Ahouré isn’t training for the 100m, she’s posing in front of the camera. The Ivorian beauty is artist as she is athlete.
2. Team Nigeria: Seye Ogunlewe, Track & Field
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3. Team South Africa: Seabelo Senatla, Rugby
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4. Team Jamaica: Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, Track & Field
The world renowned runner has made a name for herself internationally when in 2008 she became the first Caribbean woman to win gold in the 100m at the Olympics. All eyes are on Fraser again.
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5. Team Ghana: Sean Safo-Antwi, Track and Field
6. Team Tunisia: Wael Jallouz, Handball
A veteran to the Olympics having made his debut at London’s 2012 games, Jallouz hopes to bring home a medal for Tunisia in handball. Earlier this year, the Tunisian won the European Handball Championship league playing for FC Barcelona.
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7. Team Senegal: Amy Sène, Track and Field
8. Team USA: Ibtihaj Muhammad, Fencing
The first athlete to represent that United States in a hijab, Ibtihaj’s Olympic run is one to watch. Lucky for us, Ibtihaj takes pictures along the way.
9. Team Ethiopia: Tirunesh Dibaba, Track & Field
Tirunesh is the current World and Olympic 10,000 metres champion. She will be joined by her sister Genzebe Dibaba, the current world record holder for the 1500m.The stunning sisters are recognized names internationally, track power houses and players to watch this Olympic games.
Facebook: Tirunesh Dibaba
10. Team: Zimbabwe: Gabriel Mvumvure, Track & Field
Ladies and gentlemen your captain for this flight is Mr Mvumvure! If the plane shakes, scream and jump off. Lol! Don’t be scared to jump, just worry about landing. Had the pleasure to check out the cockpit for a bit before flying. Hats off to all the pilots around the world for flying us safely #GabuinRio #Olympics
11. Team Ghana: Gemma Acheampong, Track & Field
Running as part of Ghana’s 4×100 Relay team, Ghanaian-American Gemma is also a Multimedia Storyteller and Social Media strategist. You can follow her blog Actively Gemma here.
#tbt to when I had only been away from home for a week and spirits were high. Thank God for my support system like @flingstones who help me get through the worse days. Also shout out to @carbon38 for supplying us with our awesome outfits right before we left on our trip. That definitely brightened our moods. Only a few more weeks left for #rio2016. Can’t wait to give it my all! #activelygemma #flingssprints
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12. Team USA: Simone Biles, Gymnastics
13. Team Botswana: Nijel Amos, Track & Field
Amos won Botswana’s first ever Olympic medal, when he won Silver in the 800 meters in the 2012 London Summer Games and hopes to medal again four years later.
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14. Team Equatorial Guinea: Reïna-Flor Okori, Track & Field
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15. Team Jamaica: Usain Bolt, Track & Field
No list would be complete without a cameo by the world’s fastest in the world. Bolt will play his luck as he hopes to snag gold in the 100m, and 200m and 4×100 relay.