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Vuyisile Colossa – South Africa

Vuyisile "The Cheetah" Colossa is a South African middleweight kickboxer, Muay Thai fighter and mixed martial artist. He represents Team Colossa and is currently residing in Hong Kong. Also, he wish to promote and educate Muay Thai, M.M.A in Africa and Asia region. In 2003, he was crowned the South African Professional Kick Boxing Council Champion, Thai Boxing Champion and was also the runner-up for the “W.A.K.O. Pro World” Title. Later that year, he attained his 1st degree black belt in Ring Contact Fighting Art. In 2006, he was the runner-up of the “King of the Ring World” Title, and then went on to make his debut in the K-1 khan Fighting, South Korea. In 2008, Colossa has competed in various major events in Asia. The “Super 8 Tournament” at the King’s Cup, Thailand, in Honor of his Majesty the King of Thailand’s 83rd Birthday against Yodsaenklai Fairtex; Winner of “The Contender Asia 2008”, “Planet Battle”, Hong Kong (June 2008) against Naruepol Fairtex; Finalist of “The Contender Asia 2008”, and at “Planet Battle” in Hong Kong (November 2008) where he once again met Yodsaenklai Fairtex in the ring. Colossa has also competed in I-1 World Grand Slam in Hong Kong (October 2009) and I-1 Grand Extreme in Macau (November 2009), coming second in both 4-man tournaments. In January 2010, Colossa took part in his first reality TV show Enfusion: Test of the Champions in Koh Samui, Thailand, later that year he won Wu Lin Feng “Golden Dragon Belt” at “King of the ring eight-man tournament” in Zhengzhou, China. In June 2011 he became a contestant on “The Challenger Muay Thai” TV show the “Successor of the Contender Asia”, where he won the “Muay Thai Against Drugs belt” against the American, Michael “Chase” Corley, during the series finale. The show was broadcast worldwide on AXN in September 2011, and continues to show on international networks around the world. At the end of that year he competed once again in I-1 Grand Slam 4-man tournament in Hong Kong, this time emerging victorious with the belt. On 3 April 2012, Colossa fought against the notable Muay Thai fighter Saiyok Pumpanmuang at the semi finals of the WMC tournament. December 31st, Colossa competed in a Wu Lin Feng eight-man tournament fighting kick boxing in Beijing, China.


Hassiba Boulmerka ─ Algeria

Former Algerian middle distance athlete. In 1992, she became the first Algerian to win an Olympic title. Also, Hassiba Boulmerka has made a significant contribution for the development of the African womens in sports category.

Manucho,Mateus Alberto Contreiras Gonçalves ─ Angola

The first Angolan footballer who plays for Manchester United as a striker. Manucho moved from Petro Atletico to Manchester United in January 2008. Before playing a game for United, however, he was loaned out to Greek side Panathinaikos for the remainder of the 2007–08 season, due to issues with obtaining a UK work permit. Manucho received a work permit soon after returning to Manchester United for pre-season training in July 2008, and made his debut for the club in the League Cup against Middlesbrough on 23 September 2008. Short of first team opportunities at Old Trafford, however, on 16 January 2009 he joined Hull City on loan until the end of the 2008–09 season.Having failed to break into the Manchester United first team, Manucho joined Real Valladolid in July 2009. He is also a member of the Angolan national team.

Amantle Montsho ─ Botswana

Female sprinter from Botswana who specializes in the 400 metres. She represented her country at the 2004 and 2008 Summer Olympics, reaching the final at the latter edition. She has also competed at the World Championships in Athletics and the IAAF World Indoor Championships, and is the former World Champion over the 400m, winning in a personal best time of 49.56 in Daegu. A two-time African Championships gold medallist over 400 m, she has also won titles in the event at the 2007 All-Africa Games, the 2010 IAAF Continental Cup and the 2010 Commonwealth Games. Her Commonwealth win made her Botswana's first ever gold medallist of the games.

Marguerite Rouamba Karama ─ Burkina Faso

She received the IOC 2005 Woman & Sport Trophy Winners for her unfailing commitment to promoting women’s sport in her country (Burkina Faso) and even outside its borders. The founder of the first women’s team in Burkina Faso, the “Princesses”, also took the initiative to organize a yearly international women’s tournament in which four teams from neighboring countries take part. She has also made a career in sports administration as Vice-President of the Football Centre League.

Venuste NIYONGABO ─ Burundi

Middle distance runner from Burundi. In 1996, he became the first (and so far, only) Olympic medalist from Burundi by winning the 5000 metres at the 1996 Summer Olympics. He had only competed twice before in that event prior to winning the gold medal.

Samuel Eto'o ─ Cameroon

Eto'o scored over 100 goals in five seasons with Barcelona, and is also the record holder in number of appearances by an African player in La Liga.In 2010, he became the first player to win two European continental trebles following his back-to-back achievements with Barcelona and Inter. He is the second player to have ever scored in two separate UEFA Champions League finals and the fourth player, after Marcel Desailly, Paulo Sousa, and Gerard Piqué, to have won the UEFA Champions League two years in a row with different teams.He is the most decorated African player of all time having won the African Player of the Year award a record four times: in 2003, 2004, 2005, and 2010. He was third in the FIFA World Player of the Year award in 2005.

As a member of the Cameroon national team, Eto'o was a part of the squad that won the 2000 Olympic tournament. He has also participated in three World Cups and six Africa Cup of Nations (being champion twice) and is the all-time leading scorer in the history of the Africa Cup of Nations, with 18 goals. He is also Cameroon's all-time leading scorer and third most capped player, with 55 goals from 112 caps.

As a famous footballer, Eto'o try to use his reputation to promote anti-Racism during his career.

Christopher Samba ─ Congo Republic

Although he is born in France, finally he selected to represent his parents home country, Congo Republic national team. Also, he is the current captain of the team.


Didier Drogba ─ Côte d'Ivoire

Didier is the captain and all-time top scorer of the Cote d'Ivoire national team. He is best known for his career at Chelsea, for whom he scored more goals than any other foreign player and is currently the club's fourth highest goal scorer of all time. In October 2012, he was voted by Chelsea supporters as the club's greatest ever player. His key attributes include his physical strength, ability in the air, and his ability to retain possession of the ball. Drogba is credited with playing a vital role in bringing peace to his country.

After qualified for the 2006 World Cup, Drogba made a desperate plea to the combatants, asking them to lay down their arms, a plea which was answered with a cease fire after five years of civil war. Drogba later helped move an African Cup of Nations qualifier to the rebel stronghold of Bouake; a move that helped confirm the peace process.

On 24 January 2007, Drogba was appointed by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) as a Goodwill Ambassador. The UNDP were impressed with his previous charity work and believed that his high profile would help raise awareness on African issues. In September 2011, Drogba joined the Truth, Reconciliation and Dialogue Commission as a representative to help return peace to his home nation. His involvement in the peace process led to Drogba being named as one of the world's 100 most influential people by Time magazine for 2010.

Drogba's charity work continued when, in late 2009, he announced he would be donating the £3 million signing on fee for his endorsement of Pepsi for the construction of a hospital in his hometown of Abidjan. This work was done through Drogba's recently created "Didier Drogba Foundation" and Chelsea announced they too would donate the fee for the deal toward the Foundation's project. Drogba decided on building the hospital after a recent trip to the Ivorian capital's other hospitals, saying "...I decided the Foundation's first project should be to build and fund a hospital giving people basic healthcare and a chance just to stay alive."playing a vital role in bringing peace to his country. After qualified for the 2006 World Cup, Drogba made a desperate plea to the combatants, asking them to lay down their arms, a plea which was answered with a cease fire after five years of civil war. Drogba later helped move an African Cup of Nations qualifier to the rebel stronghold of Bouake; a move that helped confirm the peace process. On 24 January 2007, Drogba was appointed by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) as a Goodwill Ambassador. The UNDP were impressed with his previous charity work and believed that his high profile would help raise awareness on African issues. In September 2011, Drogba joined the Truth, Reconciliation and Dialogue Commission as a representative to help return peace to his home nation. His involvement in the peace process led to Drogba being named as one of the world's 100 most influential people by Time magazine for 2010. Drogba's charity work continued when, in late 2009, he announced he would be donating the £3 million signing on fee for his endorsement of Pepsi for the construction of a hospital in his hometown of Abidjan. This work was done through Drogba's recently created "Didier Drogba Foundation" and Chelsea announced they too would donate the fee for the deal toward the Foundation's project. Drogba decided on building the hospital after a recent trip to the Ivorian capital's other hospitals, saying "...I decided the Foundation's first project should be to build and fund a hospital giving people basic healthcare and a chance just to stay alive."

Ayanleh Souleiman ─ Djibouti

He is a Djiboutian middle distance runner who specialises in the 1500 metres. He won the Gold medal in 2014 World Indoor Championships in 1500 metres.

Dikembe Mutombo ─ Democratic Republic of Cogo

Mutombo is a Congolese American retired professional basketball player who last played for the Houston Rockets of the NBA. Outside basketball, he has become known for his humanitarian work.

Mutombo is commonly referred to as one of the greatest shot blockers and defensive players of all time, winning the NBA Defensive Player of the Year Award four times; he was also an eight-time All-Star.

A well-known humanitarian, Mutombo started the Dikembe Mutombo Foundation to improve living conditions in his native Democratic Republic of Congo in 1997. His efforts earned him the NBA's J. Walter Kennedy Citizenship Award in 2001 and 2009. For his feats, Sporting News named him as one of the "Good Guys in Sports" in 1999 and 2000,and in 1999, he was elected as one of 20 winners of the President's Service Awards, the nation's highest honor for volunteer service. In honor of his humanitarianism, Mutombo was invited to President George W. Bush's 2007 State of the Union Address and was referred to as a "son of the Congo" by the President in his speech. Mutombo later said, "My heart was full of joy. I didn't know the President was going to say such great remarks. Also, Mutombo with the Mutombo Foundation open a $29 million, 300-bed hospital on the outskirts of his hometown, the Congolese capital of Kinshasa.
A well-known humanitarian, Mutombo started the Dikembe Mutombo Foundation to improve living conditions in his native Democratic Republic of Congo in 1997. His efforts earned him the NBA's J. Walter Kennedy Citizenship Award in 2001 and 2009. For his feats, Sporting News named him as one of the "Good Guys in Sports" in 1999 and 2000,and in 1999, he was elected as one of 20 winners of the President's Service Awards, the nation's highest honor for volunteer service. In honor of his humanitarianism, Mutombo was invited to President George W. Bush's 2007 State of the Union Address and was referred to as a "son of the Congo" by the President in his speech. Mutombo later said, "My heart was full of joy. I didn't know the President was going to say such great remarks. Also, Mutombo with the Mutombo Foundation open a $29 million, 300-bed hospital on the outskirts of his hometown, the Congolese capital of Kinshasa.

Hossam Hassan ─ Egypt

According to Confedration of African Football, Hossam Hassan is the Best African Footballer in the last 50 years. As per FIFA, Hassan is the legend in Egyptian Football history. As a prolific goalscorer, he is Egypt's all-time top scorer with 68 goals in 176 appearances.

Natnael Berhane ─ Eritrea

Natnael Berhane is an Eritrean professional road bicycle racer for UCI ProTeam Team Europcar. He is a two time African cycling champion in 2012 and 2013.

Haile Gebrselassie ─ Ethiopia

Haile Gebreselassie is an Ethiopian long-distance track and road running athlete. He won two Olympic gold medals over 10,000 metres and four World Championship titles in the event. He won the Berlin Marathon four times consecutively and also had three straight wins at the Dubai Marathon. Further to this, he won four world titles indoors and was the 2001 World Half Marathon Champion.Haile had major competition wins at distances between 1500 metres and the marathon, moving from outdoor, indoor and cross country running to road running in the latter part of his career.

He broke 61 Ethiopian national records ranging from 800 metres to the marathon, set 27 world records, and is widely considered one of the greatest distance runners in history. In September 2008, at the age of 35, he won the Berlin Marathon with a world record time of 2:03:59, breaking his own world record by 27 seconds. The record stood for three years. Since he was over the age of 35, that mark still stands as the Masters Age group world record.

Anthony Obame ─ Gabon

He is a taekwondo practitioner who represented Gabon at the 2012 Summer Olympics. He won the silver medal in the men's 80+ kg category at the 2012 Olympic Games, becoming the first Gabonese athlete to win a medal at the Olympics. Obame was greeted by thousands of supporters upon his return to Libreville. Obame said he felt "immense pride and joy" in having won the nation's first Olympic medal.

Michael Essien ─ Ghana

He is a Ghanaian footballer who plays for Milan and the Ghana national team. In 2005, when Michael transfer to Chelsea, he was the most expensive African footballer in history.
Many stories are told of some of the world’s greatest footballers, starting life from a humble and rather difficult background. Michael Essien is no exception to this. He grew up in Awutu Breku in the central region of Ghana where there were very little opportunities in his community for most people to develop to their full potential.

When he took up football Michael had to work hard to breakthrough or even to be recognised by clubs in the big cities. As a world icon today, Michael wants his story to be one of HOPE AND INSPIRATION to the youth in Ghana and Africa as a whole starting primarily from Awutu Breku his hometown. The Michal Essien Foundation he believes will drive this message of hope and inspiration. The Michael Essien Foundation (MEF) is a local Ghanaian NGO founded by Michael Essien, the renowned Ghanaian International and Chelsea Football Club Star. It aims to create opportunities and hope for the underprivileged in the Awutu Breku area. The goal of the MEF is to promote basic community amenities and opportunities for various groups through different projects and activities.

Taciana Lima ─ Guinea-Bissau

In 2013, she won the first medal of Guinea-Bissau in African Judo Championships.

Henry Wanyoike Wahu ─ Kenya

Wanyoike is a Kenyan athlete. He is blind and competes in the Paralympics and in marathon racing. He is one of the world’s fastest runners. While still a child he was already being groomed to join an elite corps of athletes in a country that is known for producing more world-class middle-distance runners over the last twenty years than any other country on earth. He excelled at the 5,000 and 10,000-meter distances.

Wanyoike became almost completely blind after suffering a stroke on May 1, 1995. "I went to bed a normal person, the following day I found myself in darkness." That night he lost 95% of his vision, and lost the rest gradually over the next few years. He was in despair. "I thought my life had come to an end." His mother Grace brought him to the Kikuyu Eye Clinic (a nearby hospital supported by Christian Blind Mission International (CBMI), recognised as one of the best centers for the visually impaired in East Africa. Petra Verweyen, the chief of the Low Vision Project of the clinic, helped him to find his way back into life and arranged for him to learn to knit pullovers. With gratitude for the help he received at the project he promised himself he would help other blind people and teach them to become self-sufficient, as he had done.

After winning his first gold medal in Sydney, Australia in 2000 at the Paralympic games, he has bought knitting machines through prize money and charitable donations from such international personalities as Arnold Schwarzenegger. He now employs other blind Kenyans and teaches them how to knit pullovers. A blind runner is connected to a guide by a tether on the wrist, which the guide uses to subtly indicate, without breaking stride, when to turn, accelerate or avoid an obstacle, whether on the track or on the road, as in a marathon. Once Henry got used to working with guides, he quickly established himself as a world-class non-sighted runner, earning a spot on the Kenyan national squad for the 5000-meter race at the Sydney Paralympics in 2000.

As he ran so quickly another problem emerged, that his guides could not keep up. Nevertheless he not only won the gold medal but set a Paralympic record too. Now Wanyoike runs with his track guide and childhood friend, Joseph Kibunja. Unlike most Kenyan athletes, who tend to concentrate on one or two events, Henry is among those very few who have ventured beyond. Over the last five years, he has won gold or silver medals in the marathon, half-marathon, 10 km road race, the 10,000 meters, 5,000 meters and the 1,500 meters. No other Kenyan athlete has ventured so widely and so successfully. His time of 2:31:31 at the Hamburg Marathon in 2005 still stands as the world record for blind runners.

George Weah ─ Liberia

Weah is a Liberian humanitarian, politician, and an ex-footballer who played as a striker. Regarded as one of the greatest African players of all time, in 1995 he was named FIFA World Player of the Year and won the Ballon d'Or. Three times he won African Footballer of the Year. In 2004, he was named one of the Top 125 greatest living footballers as part of FIFA's 100th anniversary celebration. Weah is a devoted humanitarian for his war-torn country. At the 2004 ESPY Awards, he won the Arthur Ashe Courage Award for his efforts. Weah was named by Pelé as one of the top 125 greatest living footballers in March 2004. He has also been named a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador, a role which he has suspended while he pursues a political career.

Joyce Feith Tafatatha ─ Malawi

Joyce is a Malawian athlete who specializes in swimming. She participated in the London 2012 Olympics for Malawi in the women's 50 m swimming. She was 14 when she competed in the 2012 games, making her and Aurelie Fanchette the two youngest competitors at the London games.

Frederic Kanoute ─ Mali

Kanouté is a retired professional footballer who played for several top-tier clubs within UEFA, enjoying his greatest success with La Liga side Sevilla FC. Kanouté was named the 2007 African Footballer of the Year, the first player born outside Africa to win the award. Also, He has been practicing Islam since he was around the age of 22. He refused to wear a Sevilla shirt bearing the name of club sponsor 888.com, due to the fact the website is used for gambling, which is against the principles of Islam; this meant that the club had to give him a brand-free jersey every match. The company, however, agreed to excuse him from their publicity campaigns in return for Kanouté wearing the sponsored kit, which was part of the players' contractual duties.

Kanouté insists his faith has never presented itself as a problem in his relationship with the coaching staff, team-mates or fans. He has stated that “Islam has helped me to be this way, so this is normal. It's a path you take to keep you calm, to help you think about the place you live in, to love your neighbour. It's strange when I hear about all these problems of terrorism because it's the opposite of what I understood for Islam.” Kanouté has also showed interest in a variety of humanitarian causes. He launched an appeal to establish a "Children's Village" in Mali and establish a foundation with this name.

Stéphan Buckland ─ Mauritius

Stéphan Buckland is a retired Mauritian track and field athlete who competed in the 100 and 200 metres. In 2008, he won the 200m at the IAAF World Athletics Final held in Stuttgart, Germany. To qualify for this prestigiuous competition, athletes must gain enough points and be among the top eight in the event in the IAAF World Athletics Tour. In the last decades, Stéphane Buckland proved to be the most prolific athlete for the Mauritian Flag.

Hicham El Guerrouj ─ Morocco

He is a Moroccan former middle distance runner. He is the current holder of the 1500 metres, mile and outdoor 2000 metres world records, as well as a double Olympic gold medalist. From about 1995 until his retirement from serious competition following the 2004 Olympics, he was the dominant middle distance runner of his day. Often referred to as the "King of the Mile", many consider him to be the greatest middle distance runner of all time. His sporting career is marked by numerous recognitions such as the award to humanitarian effort from the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF), which he received in 1996.

He is also a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador. El Guerrouj was named IAAF World Athlete of the Year in 2001, 2002 and 2003 after remaining unbeaten in more than 20 races, becoming the first man to win the award in consecutive years. He was also named best athlete of the year by the athletics journal Track and Field News in 2002. In 2003, he was elected as a member of the IAAF Athletes Committee. On September 7, 2004, El Guerrouj was decorated with the "Cordon de Commandeur" by King Mohammed VI of Morocco. In the same year, he was awarded the Prince of Asturias Awards. He is a member of the International Olympic Committee Athletes' Commission. Hicham El Guerrouj is today an Ambassador for Peace and Sport, a Monaco-based international organization, as well as a member of its "Champions for Peace" club, a group of 54 famous elite athletes committed to serving peace in the world through sport.

Eusébio da Silva Ferreira ─ Portuguese Mozamblique

Eusébio was a Mozambican-born Portuguese football forward. He is considered one of the greatest footballers of all time. During his professional career, he scored 733 goals in 745 matches. Nicknamed the Black Panther, the Black Pearl, or o Rei (the King), he was known for his speed, technique, athleticism and his ferocious, accurate right-footed shot, making him an outstandingly prolific goalscorer. He is considered S.L. Benfica's and the Portugal national team's most renowned player and one of the first world-class African strikers. Although born in Mozambique and having an Angolan father, Eusébio, like Matateu and Mário Coluna, among others before him, could only play for the Portuguese team, since both of the African countries were overseas territories and their inhabitants were considered Portuguese. He helped Portugal reach third place at the 1966 World Cup, being the top goalscorer of the tournament with nine goals (including four in one match against North Korea) and received the Bronze Ball award.

He won the Ballon d'Or award for European footballer of the year in 1965 and was runner-up in 1962 and 1966. Eusébio died at his home on 5 January 2014 of heart failure, survived by two daughters and several grandchildren. Many well-known people from the football world expressed their condolences and praise, The Portuguese Football Federation made a statement and said that a moment of silence was to be observed in Portuguese football matches. There were tributes from Eusébio's friend Cristiano Ronaldo, Luís Figo, José Mourinho, Carlos Queiroz, FIFA President Sepp Blatter UEFA president Michel Platini., Greg Dyke, and former President of Mozambique and childhood friend Joaquim Chissano.

Following Eusébio's death, the Portuguese government declared three national days of mourning. On 6 January 2014, a Mass was held at the Igreja do Seminário do Largo da Luz. On 9 January, one of his wishes was granted as his coffin was transported around the field of the Estádio da Luz. Three days later, his statue at the Praça Centenarium was transformed into a memorial. Hours later, the name "Eusébio" was on the back of Benfica players' shirts during the "The Classic".

Frankie Fredericks ─ Namibia

He is a former athlete from Namibia. Running in the 100 metres and 200 metres, he won four silver medals at the Olympic Games (two in 1992 and two in 1996), making him Namibia's first and so far only Olympic medalist. He also won gold medals at the World Championships, World Indoor Championships, All-Africa Games and Commonwealth Games. He is the world indoor record-holder for 200 metres, with a time of 19.92 seconds set in 1996. Fredericks has broken 20 seconds for the 200 metres 24 times. He also holds the third-fastest non-winning time for the 200 metres. In August 1996, Fredericks ran 19.68 seconds in the Olympic final in Atlanta, Georgia. Also, he is the hero in his own country, by his reputation, more people start to know Namibia after independent. As the most decorated athlete on the African continent, he is now a role model and continues to drive the importance of education. He is member of the International Olympic Committee and set up the Frank Fredericks Foundation which gives scholarships to the promising athletes of Namibia.

Hakeem Olajuwon ─ Nigeria

Hakeem Olajuwon is a former professional basketball player who spent 18 seasons with the Houston Rockets (1984–2001) and Toronto Raptors (2001–02) of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He received the league's Most Valuable Player Award in 1994, won consecutive championships with the Rockets in 1994 and 1995, and was named one of the NBA's 50 Greatest Players of all time in 1997. His on-court success and public devotion to Islam have made him a role model to young Muslims worldwide. Since retiring in 2002, he has become known for his charitable work and efforts to build an Islamic community in Houston.

Since leaving basketball, Olajuwon has become a fixture in America's Muslim community. He has made appearances before the Islamic Society of North America and the Muslim Students Association and has served as a spokesman for charitable causes, especially those relating to education. His own charity, the Dream Foundation, has awarded college scholarships to Houston-area students since 1995. He has also refused to promote products he sees as un-Islamic or immoral.

DeSagana Diop ─ Senegal

DeSagana Diop is a Senegalese professional basketball player. During his NBA career, he attended the Basketball Without Borders Africa camp, he stands as an example to aspiring African players that their dreams can come true. In addition to teaching the African teens how to improve their game on the court, the NBA players and coaches also took time to address several important issues with the camp's attendees.

Aurelie Fanchette ─ Seychelles

Fanchette was born on 20 September 1997 in Victoria, Seychelles. She was one of two wildcard entries into At the 2012 Summer Olympics she finished 35th overall in the heats in the Women's 200 metre freestyle and failed to reach the semifinals. At just 14, Fanchette was one of the youngest competitors at the Games.

Douglas Whyte ─ South Africa

Aged 41 and born in Durban, South Africa, Whyte has been champion jockey in Hong Kong for 13 consecutive seasons and at Sha Tin on April 7, 2013 he rode six winners to equal Brett Prebble's Hong Kong record of most winners in a day. He holds the record for career wins in Hong Kong: 1,524 up to the end of the 2012/13 season. He is the only jockey ever to reach 1,000 winners in Hong Kong, and his monstrous tally of 114 winners in 2005/06 broke his own record for a season.

Guor Marial ─ South Sudan

Guor Marial is a South Sudanese track and field athlete. Marial competed in the men's marathon at the 2012 Summer Olympics. Because South Sudan does not yet have a recognized National Olympic committee (NOC), Marial competed under the Olympic Flag at the 2012 Olympics, rather than the South Sudanese flag. He was one of four athletes competing in the 2012 Summer Olympics under the Olympic flag rather than that of an individual country.

Ismail Ahmed Ismail ─ Sudan

He is a Sudanese runner, who specializes in the 800 metres. He was born in Khartoum.
Ismail reached the final in that event at the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens. He competed at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, where he won the silver medal in 800 m. He is the first Sudanese national to win an Olympic medal in history.

Christopher Isegwe ─ Tanzania

He is a Tanzanian long-distance athlete competing mainly in the marathon. In August 2005 he won a silver medal at the 2005 World Championships in Athletics in Helsinki. His silver medal was the first medal for Tanzania at the World Championships in history.

Benjamin Boukpeti ─ Togo

He is a French-born Togolese slalom canoer who has competed professionally since the mid-2000s. Competing in two Summer Olympics, he won a bronze in the K-1 event at Beijing in 2008. Boukpeti was the first athlete from Togo to win an Olympic medal. Competing in the 2004 Olympics in Athens, Greece, he placed fifteenth in the first heat of the Men's K1 Kayak Single to become the first Togolese to reach an Olympic semifinal, but only ranked eighteenth in the semifinal run and did not advance to the final. In January 2008, Boukpeti placed first at the African Championships.

In the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, China, Boukpeti led after the semifinal, eventually claiming the Bronze medal in the K1 Kayak Single, the first ever Olympic medal for Togo. After clinching his medal Boukpeti snapped his paddle over his kayak in celebration. Following his Olympic success, Togolese Olympics fans expressed an interest in meeting him, as he is mostly unknown in Togo, only having visited that nation once, during his childhood.

Oussama Mellouli ─ Tunisia

He is a Tunisian swimmer who competes in the freestyle and medley events. He is a three-time Olympic medalist, is an African record holder, and trains with the USC Trojans team based at the University of Southern California, where he went to school and swam collegiately. Oussama Mellouli became the 1500 m freestyle World champion at the 2009 World Aquatics Championships with a winning time of 14:37.28, then the second best performance of all time. Mellouli is the gold medalist in the 1500 freestyle at the 2008 Olympics, the bronze medalist in the 1500 freestyle at the 2012 Olympics, and the gold medalist in the 10 km marathon swim at the 2012 Olympics.


Stephen KIPROTICH ─ Uganda

He is a Ugandan long-distance runner, born in Kapchorwa District. He is the 2012 Olympic champion in the marathon, with a winning time of 2:08:01 in hot, sunny, and humid conditions. This was the first Olympic medal for Uganda since 1996, the first gold medal since 1972, and the first ever in the marathon. His winning of the Moscow IAAF championship marathon on 17 August 2013 has made him the reigning World and Olympic marathon champion.

Samuel Matete ─ Zambia

He is a retired male track and field athlete from Zambia, who competed mainly in 400 meter hurdles. Noted for his exceptionally fast finish, he was one of the world's leading hurdlers in the early 1990s, and became the first Zambian track and field world champion in 1991. This was the first time that an African athlete had won that event. He represented Zambia in the 400 m hurdles on four occasions (1988 to 2000) and was the silver medallist at the 1996 Atlanta Olympics.

Kirsty Coventry ─ Zimbabwe

Kristy is a Zimbabwean swimmer and former world record holder. She attended and swam competitively for Auburn University in Alabama, in the United States. At the 2004 Summer Olympics, in Athens, Greece, Coventry won three Olympic medals: a gold, a silver, and a bronze, while in the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing she won four medals: a gold and three silver. She was subsequently described by Paul Chingoka, head of the Zimbabwe Olympic Committee, as "our national treasure". Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe has called her "a golden girl," and awarded her US$100,000 in cash for her 2008 Olympic performance.



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