Rio 2016

20 African Athletes Who Made History at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games

African athletes thrilled and inspired us during the Rio 2016 games. We look back at our 20 favorite moments of the summer Olympics.

It’s no exaggeration when we say that African athletes kicked ass in Rio—just see the Judo results. But African Olympians also took part in and won gold in all kinds of sports from running and fencing to swimming. In fact, we think Rio 2016 will be remembered for the incredible history-making performances by many of our favorite athletes

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This Kenyan Runner Pulled Off a Sick Upset Over the Ethiopian World Record Holder in the 1500 M To Win Gold

Faith Chepng'etich Kipyegon outran Ethiopia’s Genzebe Dibaba in the final lap.

Faith Chepng'etich Kipyegon pulled off quite possibly the sickest upset of the Rio games against Ethiopian world record holder in the final lap of the 1500 meter race to win gold.

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Jemima Sumgong Is the First Kenyan Woman To Capture Gold in an Olympic Marathon

Favored to win, Sumgong beat out fellow African competitors Eunice Kirwa of Bahrain and 2015 world champion, Mare Dibaba of Ethiopia.

Kenya’s Jemima Sumgong made history for her country, becoming the first woman to capture a gold medal in a marathon.

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