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Four African Paralympians Ran the 1500 Meters Faster Than Their Able-Bodied Counterparts

Algerian, Kenyan and Ethiopian visually impaired runners outperform Olympians. The Ethiopian crosses fists in solidarity with Oromo protests.

I have to admit that when I heard that four Paralympians just ran the men's 1500 meter faster than the able-bodied Olympians at the Rio games, I assumed it was because of some carbon fibre blade technology à la Oscar Pistorius.

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Op-Ed

Tarnished Glory: Kenya’s Sporting Nightmare

Kenyan athlete's managed to win a record number of medals at Rio 2016 despite a complete breakdown at the administrative level.

For two years between 2013 and 2015, artists Wambui Kamiru-Collymore and Xavier Verhoest criss-crossed Kenya in search of perspectives on national identity in a country still smarting from the wounds of two highly divisive and violent elections. The resulting project “Who I am, Who We Are” contains testimony from Kenyans on various backgrounds on what makes them feel included and excluded from the national identity, in both prose and art*. One of the critical chapters in the resulting text includes observations on what makes the identity “Kenyan” includes the observation:

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Zambia's Olympic Medalist Samuel Matete on the Highs and Lows of Rio 2016

Zambia last won an Olympic medal 20 years ago in Atlanta. Okayafrica asks the legend his thoughts on Zambia at the Rio 2016 Olympics.

On August 13, several sites began reporting that the fastest man in the world Usain Bolt had been beaten in the Men’s 100m at Rio 2016 by Zambia’s Sydney Siame. It was reported that “ Siame did not just beat the long-standing champion but completed at 9:39 seconds, which makes a new world record.”

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Op-Ed

Ethiopia on the Precipice: The Regime's Armor Has Been Pierced

Olympic medalist Feyisa Lelisa showed solidarity at Rio 2016 with Oromo and Amhara protesters demanding democracy. What's next for Ethiopia?

As Feyisa Lilesa crossed the finish line to win silver for Ethiopia in the men’s marathon on Sunday, he crossed his arms above his head in solidarity with the protests currently rocking his home country. This is only the most visible act on world stage of the anti-government movement gaining steam in Ethiopia and one that has kept Lilesa from returning home after the Rio Olympic games for fear of official retaliation.

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