ALL SPORTS 2011 EVENTS/Individual sports : Makau, Rudisha, Mellouli, El Shehaby and many others
Each week of the year 2011 we were giving a brief account of all events to which African athletes took part. With its ups and downs, it is time for us to have the year in review. Praises to athletics, judo, cyclist and boxing. This second part will be a review of all the individual sports marked with the strong presence of Kenyans in athletics, South Africans and Tunisians in swimming and the Algerian amateur boxing.
Kenya always faster…
Daegu (South Korea) was the main event of this 2011 athletic season. Athletes form East Africa made sensation. Kenya covered the gap she had since the 1983 edition organized in Helsinki where she was not able to take a single medal. With 17 medals, 7 gold, in South Korea, she improved her record (11 medals, 4 golds). Today she is able to able to challenge the two great big of the discipline, United States and Russia. On their, Ethiopia and South Africa did not bring any big surprise. Botswana and Tunisia can shrug thanks to Amantle Montsho and Habiba Ghribi respectively. Nigeria, Morocco, Algeria three great African athletics were completely off. But the international season was not only about the World championship. In the well rewarded Ligue de Diamant, Africans squatted titles in middle distance races and long distance track events. In addition to the Kenyan Rudisha who improved his best record on the 800 m, the world best record in 2010 (1’40 “01), there was the advent of his compatriot Patrick Makau. Patrick established himself as the new boss after sensational marathon in Berlin with fabulous time (2h 3’38 “)and erased the performance of the legendary Ethiopian Haile Gebrselassie. And then, one can not overlook the beautiful season of South African hurdler Louis Jacob Van Zyl, who won his place among the tenors of the 400-meter hurdles, the remarkable world doubled of the Kenyan Vivian Cheruiyot (5000 m and 10 000 m), the arrival at the forefront of the long jump, the Zimbabwean Ngonidzache Makushi (third in Daegu) and third place in the world championship taken by the 4X400 relay South African’s team.
Chad Le Clos and Mellouli, the winning duo
Two swimmers marked this 2011 year. The South Afrian Chad Le Clos is one of them. This the main actor of the continent. Hhhhh First by making a good world championship in Shanghai and entering a final (200m butterfly), despite fierce competition, and then crushing the All Africa Games in Maputo where he gleaned seven medals, four silver-gilt. But it is this fall, short course, he gave the full measure of his talent by collecting victories in the Grand Prix. At the age of 19 years only, the protégé of Graham Hill is the future of swimming in South Africa. It is expected very high, perhaps as early as 2012 and certainly in London in 2013 at the Paris Sao Paulo (Brazil). North of Africa, another giant awoke this winter. Absent for the Games of Maputo for various reasons, some quite at the Shanghai World, Tunisian Oussama Mellouli has soared in Doha at the Pan Arab Games. By collecting 16 gold medals, one-third of the harvest of all the sports delegation of his country, the native of La Marsa struck a blow even though some may rely on any consistency of adversity Arabic. Mellouli is back and methodically prepares for the Olympics in London where he dreams of retaining the title in the 1,500 purchased in Beijing.
Other athletes deserve to be quoted at the time of assessment. We believe particulièrment South African Cameron van der Burgh (23) double bronze medalist in the breaststroke events at the International Shanghai and Sara El Bakri. If it is not yet at the stars mentioned above, the Moroccan has become a champion. His victories over 50 m and 100 breaststroke at the championships of France are the beginnings of an unusual talent.
El Haddad and Shehaby at the top
The Algerian Soraya Haddad is undoubtedly the judoka of the year. Despite an embarrassing slip the end of December to Pan Arab Games in Doha, the native of El Kseur has achieved great things in 2011. She won everything in Africa: the gold Continental Championships played in Dakar and the All Africa Games in Maputo. But the only African World medalist (2005) and Olympic (2008) also shone on the international circuit tournaments open. Her victory in the final Grand Prix of Amsterdam facing the Japanese Yuki Hashimoto is the symbol of the possible. Her dream: to glean gold in London in 2012.
Like, Haddad, Egyptian Islam El Shehaby has Olympic dreams. The current world number 2 has signed some good performances in 2011 which had the most beautiful part of the Baku Grand Prix, the four-time champion of Africa today is unfortunately blocked by the young and almost untouchable French Teddy Riner. But in the wake of these two exceptional champions, other athletes have been promising sparks. We think particularly in Morocco Attaf Safwan, often placed in international tournaments and Grand Prix finalist spot for the Sao Paulo World Cup and the Egyptian Hesham Mesbah (6th worldwide) and recent beaten finalists – beaten by the Japanese Masashi Nishiyama – Grand Prix Qingdao, China the native of Cairo is a very regular judoka at the highest level. To be continued too, Tunisia Houda Miled (11th worldwide) and Cameroonian Franck Moussima Ewan (20th worldwide) authors of a good season.
African amateur boxing has been dominated by Algeria conclusively. Winner of the African Nations Championship played in Yaounde in March to Cameroon and Mauritius, the Algerian team has retained its power to the All Africa Games in Maputo despite the Moroccan-Tunisian competition and good resistance Boxing Mauritius and southern Africa. Unfortunately, this rule has not translated mainland by great results at the World Championships in Baku (Azerbaijan). Even if Algeria was the only among the African nations to be deceived by qualifying for the knockout two boxers and one for the quarter. For the moment, and before the pre-Olympic tournament in 2012, the Algerians are called two of them for the Olympics in London. In professional boxing, South Africa has been at the forefront in 2011. His boxers have fought no fewer than 21 international finals in the different versions (WBO, IBF, WBA and WBC) and they hold two belts in the world by the occurrence of Ndlovu (super-bantamweight, IBF) and Moruti Mthalane (fly, IBF). Note the victory of the Congolese Doudou Ngumbu WBF heavyweight final against the Polish Aleksy Kuziemsky and the defeat of average weight, Kassim Ouma of Uganda to the Kazakh Gennady Golovkin final WBA.
Eritrea confirmed his ascendancy
The African Championships, one of the main events of the year, played in Asmara, were completely dominated by Eritrea, the rising country of the discipline. Tewelde Weldegaber Jani team won the road race individual with Natnael Berhane (before the South Africans and Algerians) and the individual race against the clock thanks to Daniel Tekleyamanot prodigy. If the Tour of Rwanda, a very tough 2011 edition, has left the Rwandans at the foot of “a podium squatted by the Americans and South African Dylan Girdlestone, the Tour has Faso smiled at this time a local champion. Indeed, the Burkinabe Hamidou Zidweiba retained the yellow jersey to the finish, while the Algerian Azzedine Lagab (three steps victorious) was one of the main organizers of the event. Earlier in the season (March), the Moroccan Lahsaini Muhsin had imposed in the Tour of Morocco to the South African Johann Rabie. A first for cycling Sharifian from triple success of Mohamed El Gourch in the 60′s. The big winner of the season in all competitions, are the Eritreans, South Africans and North Africans. As for the World played in Australia, African performance was insignificant.
Ramy Ashour quite the podium
Bad news for African squash seeing its charismatic leader, Ramy Ashour, the leave the podium for the first time since 2008. Passed by the Englishman James Willstrop and French Gregory Gaultier French, the native of Cairo has paid the price of some injuries, his few failures in major tournaments such as the Qatar Open, World Open and the North American Open and that of his absence at the World Team for injury. But this did not prevent the member from Heliopolis Club won some prestigious titles like the British Grand Prix, the Australian Open and tournaments in Hong Kong and Kuwait. Egypt accounts for 13 players still in the Top 50. Remarkable, too, the 17th place of Botswana Alister Walker and the 35th largest South African Stephen Coppinger.
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