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AFRICAN ATHLETICS CHAMPIONSHIPS: A strong competition lacking its beauty

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The African athletics championships ended on Sunday July 1 in Porto Novo without any surprise with Kenya emerging as winners with 27 medals, ahead of South Africa (24) and Nigeria (21). Kenya had equally won the 2010 edition that they hosted. The level of the competition was average due to the absence of several stars in the discipline. No African or world record was broken in the Beninese Atlantic city.

- On a positive note, it is worthy to salute the performances of the female sprinters Ruddy Zang Milama (Gabon) and Amantle Montsho (Botswana), Burundi’s Francine Nyonsaba (800 m), Nigeria’s 4X400 m relay team, the young Algerian Taoufik Makhloufi who recorded an excellent time in the 800m and Nigerian hurdler Amaechi Morton who took advantage of the absence of the South Africans, leaders in the discipline. In the long jump, one athlete continues to gain grounds, that is Senegal’s Ndiss Kaba Badji (8, 03m in the long jump) while South Africa’s Burger Lambrechts is marking time in the shut put throw. Senegal’s Aly Sene (hammer) is continuing her good run thanks to an impressive burst on the international scene as well as a continuation of the results she has been producing of late.

- The 2012 edition of the African athletics championships was equally marked by several doubles and trebles. Thus Kenya grabbed three triples in the 5000m and 10.000 men’s category as well as in the 10.000m ladies’ category. Nigeria won three relay races out of the four they competed in, that is the 4X 400 m, men’s and ladies’ categories. The insatiable Kenya dominated the 20km walk in both categories.

- On the general classification, Kenya came top in the number of medals (27) but are second behind Nigeria in terms of gold medals. Senegal and Botswana (thanks to their ladies) unseated countries like Morocco and Algeria from the top five. The latter was betrayed by the withdrawal of Bouras in the 800m and Larbi Bouraada (decathlon) for doping and Baya Rahouli’s poor performance in the jump where he could only finish fourth.

- The absence of several leading athletes and the poor performances of the others led to only three athletes or teams retaining their titles won back in 2010 in Nairobi. : Burger Lambrechts (shut put throw, South Africa), Kabelo Kgosiemang (high jump, Botswana) and South Africa’s 4X100 m relay team. In the ladies’, the rate is even better: Those who retained their titles are Senegal’s Almy Sene (hammer), Nigeria’s Blessing Okagbare(long jump), Botswana’s Amantle Montsho (400m) and the Nigerian relay team (4X100 m and 4X400 m).

DOCUMENT: ALL THE PODIUMS IN PORTO-NOVO

Men’s category

100 m: 1. Simon Mgakwe (SA), 10”29. 2. Amr Seoud (Egy), 10”34. 3. H. W Serge Koffi (CIV), 10”37.

200 m: 1. Ben Youssef Meite (CIV), 20”62. 2. Amr Séoud (Egy), 20”76. 3. Noah Akwu (Ngr), 20”83

400 m: 1. Isaac Makwala (Bot), 45“25. 2. Oscar Pistorius (SA), 45”52. 3. Willem de Beer (SA), 45“67.

800 m: 1. Taoufik Makhloufi (Alg), 1’43”88. 2. Anthony Chemut (Ken), 1’4’”53. 3. Andre Oliver (SA), 1’45”09.

1500 m: 1. Cabel Mwangangi (Ken), 3’35”71. 2. Souleiman Aytanleh (Dji), 3’36”34. 3. James Kiplagat Magut (Ken), 3’36”35.

5000 m: 1. Mark Kiptoo (Ken), 13’22”38 2. Maiyo Jonathan (Ken), 13’22”89. 3. Kosgei Kiptoo (Ken), 13’24”67.

10 000 m: 1. Kenneth Kipkemoi (Ken), 27’19”74. 2. Mark Kipoo (Ken), 27’20”77. 3. Lewis Mosoti (Ken), 27’22”54.

110 m hurdles: 1. Fourie Lehann (SA), 13”55. 2. Selin Nurudeen (Ngr), 13”68. 3. Lyes Mokded (Alg), 13”73.

400 m hurdles: 1. Amaechi Morton (Ngr), 49”32. 2. Mamadou Kasse Hanne (Sen), 49”38. 3. Boniface Mucheru (Ken), 49”45.

3000 m sc: 1. Abel Mutai (Ken), 8’16”05. 2. W. Kipkemboi Maraba (Ken), 8’16”96. 3. Benjamin Kiplagat (Uga), 8’18”73.

4X100 m : 1. South Africa, 39”26. 2. Nigeria, 39”34. 3. Ghana, 39”40

4X400 m: 1. Nigeria, 3’02”39. 2. South Africa, 3’04”01. 3. Kenya, 3’04”12.

20 km walk: 1. David Kimutai (Ken), 1h32’06”. 2. Mohamed Ameur (Alg), 1h 3”’24”. 3. Hedi Taraaoui (Tun), 1h 38’17”.

High jump: 1. Kabelo Kgosiemang (Bit), 2,25m. 2. Youis Mohamed (Sud), 2,15m. 3. Mathieu Kiplagat Sawe (Ken), 2,15m

Pole Vaulting: 1. Mohcine Cheaouri (Mor), 5, 10 m. 2. Al Mahfoum Samir (Mor), 5, 00 m. 3. Ruaan Van Wyk (SA), 4, 90 m.

Long jump: 1. Ndiss Kaba Badji (Sen), 8, 04 m. 2. Zack Visser (SA), 7, 98 m. 3. Ignisious Gaisah (Gha), 7, 73 m.

Triple jump: 1. Oke Tosin (Ngr), 16, 54 m. 2. Issam Nima (Al), 16, 37 m. 3. Hugo Mamba (Cam), 16, 25m.

Shut put: 1. Burger Lambrichts (SA), 19, 51 m. 2. Orazio Cremona (SA), 19,19m. 3. Yasser Fathi Ibrahim (Egy), 18, 78 m.

Disc: 1. Victor Hogan (SA), 6&, 80 m. 2. Yasser Fathy Ibrahim (Egy), 59, 61m. 3. Russel Tucker (SA), 57, 9çm.

Javeline: 1. Julius Yego (Ken), 76, 68 m. 2. John Ampomah (Gha), 70, 65 m. 3. Kenechukwu Ezeofor (Ngr), 69, 58m.

Decathlon: 1. Kame Ali (Mad), 7(11 pts; 2. Mourad Souissi (Alg), 7276 pts. 3. Guillaume Thierry (Mce), 7212 pts.

Ladies

100 m: 1. Ruddy Zanga Milama (Gabon), 11”16. 2. Blessing Okabare (Ngr), 11”18. 3. Gloria Asumnu (Ngr), 11”28

200 m: 1. Gloria Asumnu (Ngr), 22”93. 2. Lowretta Ozoh (Ngr), 22”93. 3. Marie Josee Talou (CIV), 23”12

400 m: 1. Amantle Montsho (Bot), 49”54. 2. Regina George (Ngr), 51”11. 3. Amy Mbacke Thiam (Sen), 51”68.

800 m: Francine Myonsaba (Bur), 1’59”11. 2. Eunice Sum (Ken), 1’59”13. 3. Malika Akkaoui (Mor), 1’59”80.

1500 m: 1. Rabah Arafi (Mor), 4’05”80. 2. Mary Kuria (Ken), 4’06”22. 3. Margaret Wangari (Ken), 4’06”50.

5000 m: 1. Gladys Cherono (Ken), 15’40”04. 2. Veronica Nyaruai (Ken), 15’40”75. 3. Gebreslase Teklezgi (Eth), 15’53”34.

10 000 m : 1. Gladys Cherono (Ken), 32’41”40. 2. Priscah Jepletine (Ken), 32’45”73. 3. Besty Saina (Ken), 32’48”36.

100 m hurdles: 1. Gnima Faye (Sen), 13”26. 2. Amina Fergen (Alg), 13”56”. 3. Uhonoma Osazuwa(Ngr), 13”61.

400 m hurdles: 1. Muizat Odumosu (Ngr), 54’99. 2. Haya Lambarki (Mor), 55”41. 3. Rassin Mcinthosh (Lbr), 55”99.

3000 m sc: 1. Mercy Njoroge (Ken), 9’43”26. 2. Mekdes bekele Tadessee (Eth), 9’45”41. 3. Kiyeng Ivin Jepkemoi (Ken), 9’45”95.

4X100 m: 1. Nigeria, 43”21. 2. Ghana, 44”35. 3. Côte d’Ivoire, 45”29.

4X400 m: 1. Nigeria, 3’28”77. 2. Botswana, 3’31”27. 3. Senegal, 3’31”64.

20 km walk: 1. Grace Wanjiru (Ken), 1’40”53. 2. Olfa Lafi (Tun), 1’46”17. 3. Aynalem Eshetu Shefrawe (Eth), 1’49”45.

High jump: 1. Lisa Labiche (Sey), 1, 86 m. 2. Anika Smit (SA), 1, 86 m. 3. Rhizlane Siba (Mor), 1, 75 m

Pole Vaulting: 1. Syrine Balti (Tun), 3,70 m. 2. Juanita Stander (SA), 3,50 m. 3. Dorra Mahfoudhi (SA), 3, 40 m

Long jump: 1. Blessing Okagbare (Ngr), 6, 96 m. 2. Janice Josephs (SA), 6? 29 m. 3. Lynique Prinsloo (SA),

Triple jump: 1. Sarah Nambawa (Uga), 13, 90 m. 2. Charlene Potgieter (SA), 13, 90 m. 3. Jamaa Chnaik (Mor), 13, 75 m.

Shut put: 1. Vivian Chukwuemeka (Ngr), 18, 86 m. 2. Chinwe Okoro (Ngr), 16, 21m. 3. Omotayo Talabi (Ngr), 15, 63 m.

Disc : 1. Chinwe Okoro (Ngr), 56, 60 m. 2. Elizna Naude (SA), 55, 88 m. 3. Kazai Suzanne Krageb (CIV), 54, 56 m.

Hammer: 1. Amy Sene (Sen), 65, 55 m. 2. Laeticia Bambara (Bur), 65, 08 m. 3. Sara ben Saad (Tun), 60,75m.

Javeline: 1. Margaret Simpson (Gha), 54, 62 m. 2. Justine Robesson (SA), 52,81m. 3. Gerlize De Klerk (SA), 59, 85m.

Heptathlon : 1. Yasmina Omrani (Alg), 5924 pts. 2. Amelan Gabriella Kouassi (CIV), 5481 pts. 3. Bianca Erwe (SA), 5338 pts.

Signature : Fayçal Chehat

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