The President of the Confederation of African Athletics, Hamad Kalkaba Malboum, recently stayed in Praia (Cape Verde), accompanied by the CEO Lamine FATY and the Technical Director Aziz Daouda to lay the foundations for an Athletics Development center (AADC) for countries with Portuguese as a working language. This is a step forward in the work of developing African athletics.
The Zurich meeting hosted the Diamond League finals on September 7 and 8.
For this final stage of the prestigious meeting, Africa played its part well by winning eight titles.
On the men's side, Morocco’s Soufiane El Bakkali dominated the 3,000m steeplechase in 8'07''68 followed by Ethiopia’s Getnet Wale (8'08''56) and Kenya’s Abraham Kibiwot (8'08’’61).
“African athletics is the future of world athletics. It is where there is the most opportunity for improvement. This is an opportunity to thank the African States and governments who do not hesitate to support their respective federations, which enables the Confederation of African Athletics to meet the continental competitions’ deadlines as was the case in Mauritius a few weeks ago”, said the Technical and Development Director of the Confederation of African Athletics (CAA) Mr. Aziz Daouda. In this interview, he also mentioned the remarkable participation of Africa in the Senior World Championships in Eugene, USA.
The 2022 World Athletics Championships in Oregon, July 15 to 24, 2022, ended with a good harvest of medals for Africa which amounts to 9 Gold, 12 Silver, 7 Bronze. In Doha, during the previous championships, the African continent counted 9 gold, 8 silver, 10 bronze.
Nigeria’s Tobi Amusan (25) particularly distinguished herself, writing a new page in athletics and becoming the first African woman to be crowned as world champion and world record holder in 100m Hurdles.
Africa succeeded a great operation on the day before last of the "Eugene World championships" by winning 2 Gold, 3 Silver and 1 Bronze medal, bringing thus its harvest to 8 Gold, 10 Silver and 5 Bronze medals. It is on the same trajectory as the previous Doha championships the total medals of which was 9 Gold, 8 Silver and 1O bronze. With finals on the program today for the closing of the American event, Africa can nurture the hope of winning new medals to do better or follow in the footsteps of Doha.
Fourteen finals are on program on Saturday and Sunday to close the senior world athletics championships which are taking place since July 14 in Eugene in the United States. Presently, Africa which harvest is 4 Gold, 7 Silver, 4 Bronze is still far from reaching the results in the previous championships of Doha which was 9 Gold, 8 Silver and 10 Bronze.
Africa still has opportunities to win medals in certain events where its representatives dominate on the international scene. Thus, in 800m and 5000m, the African finalists (men and women) are able to get onto the podium. They will be six women on the starting line of the 5000m to run for a medal. They are Beatrice Chebet, Margaret Kipkemboi, Gloriah Kite (Kenya), Letesenbet Gidey, Dawit Seyaum and Gudaf Tsegay (Ethiopia).
South Africa’s Wayde Van Niekerk, world record holder of the 400m, is eagerly awaited today during the 8th day of the world championships taking place in Eugene in the United States. He will try to do better than Niger’s Aminatou Seyni and the Liberia’s Joseph Fahnbulleh who missed out on the 200m podium.
Niger’s Aminatou Seyni and the Liberia’s Joseph Fahnbulleh indeed suffered the same fate by failing at the foot of the podium in women's and men's 200m finals of the "Oregon World championships" on the night from Thursday to Friday. Through the fault of Jamaica and the United States, which deprived the African sprint of a feat on American land...
This is Norah Jeruto's first gold medal in world senior championships and Kazakhstan's first-ever title at the Athletics World Championships. The performance is signed by a former Kenyan who, after winning the U18 world 2000m steeplechase title for her home country in 2011, changed nationality to Kazakhstan last year. She suddenly joins the camp of athletes who continue to deprive Africa of its best talents.
The day 5 of the "Eugene World championships" was not good for Africa, whose harvest remains blocked at 6 Gold, 6 Silver and 3 Bronze medals. Indeed, Kenya’s Timothy Cheruiyot and Abel Kipsang completely missed their topic in the 1500m final. Tipped to play the big roles, they finally finished respectively in 6th and 7th place in an event won to everyone's surprise by the British Jake Wightman (3'29''23) ahead of Norwegian Jacob Ingebrigtsen (3:29.47) and the Spanish of Moroccan origin, Mohamed (3'29''90). He ran the race of his life by winning ahead of Olympic champion Ingebrigtsen, the defending world champion, Cheruiyot and the best performer of the season, Kipsang. Eugene was for Africa the failure of a generation which could not fructify the legacy left by the elders like Hicham El Guerrouj and other specialists in the 1500 m.