7 African Athletes Who Made History At Rio 2016 Olympics

The Rio 2016 Olympics has come and gone with lots of memories lingering and will for a very long time be remembered by athletes, fans and nations as a whole.

For Africa, it will always be memorable for some nations who have completed a feat or made landmark achievements in the global event which gathered nations in Rio. Sport Intelligence takes you round seven African Athletes who made history at this event.


Cheick Sallah Cissé of Cote D’Ivoire made history for his country, as he became the first athlete to ever win an Olympic gold for his country at Rio Olympics. He defeated Lutalo Muhammadu of Great Britain in the final of Taekwondo to win gold in 80kg.

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Jemima Sumgong of Kenya made history for herself and nation as she became the first Kenyan woman to win Olympic gold in women marathon at the Rio Olympics.


Chierika Ukogu became the first ever Nigerian to represent her country at the Olympics in rowing. Though she did not win any medal, but she made a name for herself for a game that is least talked about in Nigeria.

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Mikel Obi became the first Nigerian to have represented Nigeria in all fifa organized football tournament for men. He achieved this at the Rio Olympics where he captained the team to win the bronze medal at the Rio Olympics


Quadri Haruna of Nigeria became the Nigerian and first African Table Tennis player to qualify for the quarterfinal of table tennis event in an Olympic at the Rio Olympics.

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Feyisa Lelisa of Ethiopia became the first African to do a “Death Protest” in an Olympic. He protested against the killings of the Oromo tribe by the government by raising up his hands after winning finishing the line to win silver at Rio Olympics.


Segun Toriola of Nigeria made his seventh appearance at the Rio Olympic games where he became the oldest Nigerian player to represent Nigeria in the game at the age of 41.

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