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Olympics: Senegal won silver in 1988 – why it’s never managed to repeat this feat

Olympics: Senegal won silver in 1988 – why it’s never managed to repeat this feat

SINCE Senegal first competed in the Olympic Games in 1964, its success has been marked by a single medal, a feat achieved in 1988 by El Hadji Amadou Dia Bâ at the Seoul Games. His remarkable performance in the 400m hurdles secured him a silver medal. Nalla Socé Fall is a scholar of sports policy and Olympic history. He explores the key factors that contributed to Dia Bâ’s achievement, the obstacles holding Senegal back from Olympic success and how the country might reclaim it. What factors contributed to Dia Bâ’s 1988 success? This success was no accident. El Hadji Amadou…
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Kenya’s Faith Kipyegon breaks world record

Kenya’s Faith Kipyegon breaks world record

KENYAN track star Faith Kipyegon has once again etched her name in the annals of athletics history, breaking her own world record in the women's 1,500 meters at the Diamond League meeting in Paris. The news has sparked jubilant celebrations across Kenya, where Kipyegon is hailed as a national hero. Kenyan President William Ruto lead in the nation in celebration. He said: "Faith Kipyegon has once again made history. Congratulations on breaking your own record in the 1500m race. Your victory is a testament to the rewards of hard work and determination, a valuable lesson to the aspiring young athletes…
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Africa makes a clean sweep in the 10 000 at the World Champs

Africa makes a clean sweep in the 10 000 at the World Champs

MITCH PHILLIPS UGANDA’S world record holder Joshua Cheptegei showed he had learned his Olympic lesson as he delivered a tactical masterclass to win a second successive world 10,000 metres gold in a superb race on Sunday. Last year in Tokyo Cheptegei kept his powder dry until the bell, only to be outkicked by Selemon Barega. On Sunday he started upping the ante with over a kilometre to go, throwing in laps of 64 and 63 seconds to stretch a group of eight as they hit the bell. He then continued to press and though there was a mad scramble behind…
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Supercoach Ans Botha says athletics saved her

Supercoach Ans Botha says athletics saved her

AS her protégé glides effortlessly around the Bellinzona track, “Tannie” Ans Botha watches pensively, and in awe of the immense talent she has had the privilege to mould and nurture. Wayde van Niekerk’s one-lap trot around the Swiss track in September marked his first international race in three years.  His return to the track represented a final sigh of relief after the emotional ebb and flow that accompanied his recovery from a career-threatening injury in 2017.  “That evening in Bellinzona, I stood next to that track, and my whole body was covered in goosebumps, and I just thought to myself…
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