Weekly Round up: Terrific tennis, ballistic basketball, and more

by | Sep 4, 2023 | Angola, Athletics - Mens, Athletics - Womens, Basketball - Mens, Burkina Faso, Diamond League, Egypt, Ivory Coast, Kenya, Morocco, Nigeria, South Sudan, Tennis- Women

A week filled with thrilling international sporting events has just come to an end, and African athletes have once again demonstrated their remarkable talents to the world. From the FIBA Basketball World Cup to the US Tennis Open and the Diamond League Xiamen, the athletes showcased their prowess and left an indelible mark.

US Tennis Open

In the world of tennis, Ons Jabeur delivered an incredible performance at the US Tennis Open. On Sunday, September 3rd, Jabeur faced off against Marie Bouzkova in an epic match. After a gripping battle, Jabeur emerged victorious with a score line of 5-7, 7-6(7-5), 6-3, securing her place in the Round of 16. Her next challenge? A showdown with Qiwen Zheng that promises to be an exciting encounter.

Diamond League Xiamen

The Diamond League Xiamen event provided another platform for African athletes to shine, and they did not disappoint:

  • Ethiopia proudly claimed two medals, highlighted by a gold medal performance from Freweyni Hailu in the 1500m and a silver medal earned by Samuel Firewu in the 3000m Steeplechase.
  • Morocco celebrated a gold medal victory in the 3000m Steeplechase, courtesy of Soufiane El Bakkali.

However, it was Kenya that truly dominated the event, showcasing their expertise in long-distance running and taking home a total of five medals:

  • Emmanuel Wanyoni clinched a gold medal, demonstrating his prowess in the 800m.
  • Beatrice Chebet secured gold in the 3000m, adding to Kenya’s medal tally.

Burkina Faso also made its presence felt, boasting two silver medals, one in the Triple Jump by Hugues Fabrice Zango and another in the Long Jump by Martha Koala. These performances showcased the talent from Burkina Faso.

Nigeria made its mark on the podium with Ese Brume winning a bronze medal in the Long Jump, showcasing the country’s strength in field events.

FIBA Basketball World Cup

The FIBA Basketball World Cup witnessed the participation of several African teams, although the journey came to an unfortunate end for them. Despite the challenging competition, these teams put up valiant efforts:

  • South Sudan delivered a commanding victory over Angola, with a final score of 101-78.
  • Egypt displayed incredible determination but narrowly fell short, suffering an 86-88 defeat to New Zealand.
  • Ivory Coast fought hard but eventually succumbed to France, with a final score of 77-87.
  • Cape Verde displayed resilience but ended with a score of 71-80 against Japan.

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