JAMAICAN female microweight, Marissa Jones, got a major confidence boost recently after scoring a clinical victory at the fifth International Taekwon-Do Federation (ITF) Africa Cup in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
The pint-sized Rising Sun Karate fighter battled her way past rivals to win the female black belt title at the Africa Cup, which featured participants from Kenya, Ethiopia, Mozambique, Madagascar, South Sudan, Uganda, Djibuti, South Africa, Zimbabwe and Tanzania.
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It’s been a memorable Olympics for Africa. Here are 10 things we won’t forget:
Show stoppers – Wayde van Niekerk achieved the near-impossible by sharing centre stage with Usain Bolt, often portrayed as the saviour of athletics. But just minutes before his Jamaican friend won the 100m, the South African stunned the world by breaking the 400m world record set by the great Michael Johnson in 1999.
In running 43.03 seconds, Van Niekerk became the first African to hold a sprint world record.
Ethiopia’s Almaz Ayana smashed another mark that was long believed to be unsurpassable. Speculation over the legitimacy of the 10,000m record set by Wang Junxia in 1993 intensified earlier this year after a letter was published which suggested the Chinese had doped – an allegation the IAAF is currently investigating.
So perhaps it was understandable when the former Olympian and BBC commentator Steve Cram described Ayana’s ability to knock 14 seconds off that old mark as “one of the greatest pieces of distance running you’ll ever see”.
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