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Chad le Clos Just Became South Africa’s Most Decorated Olympian of All Time

Swimmer Chad le Clos miraculously tied for second with Michael Phelps and Laslo Sleh in the 100m butterfly of the 2016 Rio Olympic Games.

Swimmer Chad le Clos is now South Africa’s most decorated Olympian of all time. The 24-year-old from Durban picked up his second silver medal of the Rio 2016 Summer Olympic Games with a second-place finish in the men’s 100m butterfly on Friday. Le Clos tied for second, rather miraculously, with Michael Phelps and Hungary’s Laslo Sleh with a time of 51.14 seconds. Singapore's Joseph Schooling, 21, came in first with a time of 50.39.


The event was the final individual race of Phelps’ career. “I don’t know if I’ve (ever) been in a tie, so a three way tie is pretty wild,” the 27-time Olympic medalist told Reuters afterwards. “I saw a second next to my name and then I looked up again and I looked over at Laszlo and Chad and hey we all tied. We’re all second that’s kind of cool… It’s kind of special, and a decent way to finish my last individual race. Can’t complain too much,” he said.

Le Clos’ silver marked the fourth Olympic medal of his career. At the 2012 London Summer Games, he famously won gold (and beat his childhood hero, Phelps) in the 200-metre butterfly and picked up a silver medal in the 100-metre butterfly. He placed second in the 200m freestyle on Monday, but came in fourth in the 200m butterfly on Tuesday.

South Africa’s medal tally is currently at five (four silvers and one bronze). Swimmer Cameron van der Burgh picked up Team SA’s first medal of Rio 2016 on Sunday when he placed second in the men’s 100m breaststroke. Le Clos, as we all know, picked up the second the following day. Rowers Lawrence Brittain and Shaun Keeling took home silver in the men’s pair on Thursday. South Africa also captured a bronze in rugby sevens.

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The young athlete is headed for Olympic gold at the 2020 games in Tokyo.

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At just 17, Ayomide Bello will become the first female Nigerian canoeist to compete at the Olympic games when they head to Tokyo in 2020. The teenager beat out other African contenders at the C1 200 event at Africa's Tokyo 2020 qualifiers in Morocco last week to claim the spot, according to BBC Sport.

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#BuyBlack: The 8 Black-Owned Brands To Shop For On Black Friday

It's that time of year again, here is OkayAfrica's 2019 gift guide for you to #BuyBlack this Friday.

You know we're near the end of 2019 once the holiday season comes back around. Thanksgiving is upon us and the bargain shopping and gift-giving is set to commence thereafter. Despite this American holiday being questionable in of itself, Black Friday is a prime occasion to highlight, support and spend exclusively with black-owned businesses.

Just like we mentioned last year, let's keep the 'for us, by us' energy going. Even beyond the hustle and bustle of Black Friday, tap into the businesses that continue to contribute to wealth-building, development and employment in Black communities around the world.

Here is OkayAfrica's curated shortlist of black-owned brands to take note of this Black Friday—including some standout home decor, fashion, skincare and beauty brands you should know.

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"My Money, My Baby" is a heavily Afrobeat-tinged track that features a prominent sample of Fela Kuti's 1972 song "Shakara." The pulsating track also sees the singer, channeling Fela's signature talk-style of singing and repetition. Check it out below.

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