There have been a few bursts of brilliance from the African continent at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics. South African athletes saw a silver medal win for Tatjana Schoenmaker in the women’s 100m breaststroke, while compatriot Bianca Buitendag won silver in her event, surfing. Gold soon followed for Schoenmaker who set the pool alight with a stroke of genius that saw her set a world record in the 200m breaststroke in a time of 2:18.95.
Tunisian swimmer Ahmed Hafnaoui won gold in the 400m freestyle in a time of 3:43.36. Ethiopian athlete Selemon Barega powered to a 10,000m win in a time of 27:43.22. And Nigeria’s Esme Brume won her country’s first athletics gold medal in 13 years in the long jump with a leap of 6:97m.
Meanwhile, athletes made headlines for their actions outside the stadium too.