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August 22, 2016 | Uhuruspirit

Team Kenya's Eliud Kipchoge won the men's marathon

As the 2016 Olympic Games ended on Monday, Team Kenya emerged the best performing African team. Kenya also finished as the 15th best team in the world.

The Kenyan team which scooped six gold medals, six silver medals and one bronze medal had dominated in athletics where they finished second best behind the United States of America.

Vivian Cheruiyot is Kenya’s best performer with gold in women’s 5000m and silver in women’s 10000m. Other Kenyan gold winners are David Rudisha - men’s 800m, Eliud Kipchoge - men’s marathon, Jemima Jelagat Sumgong - women’s marathon, Faith Chepngetich Kipyegon - women’s 1500m and Conseslus Kipruto - men’s 3000m steeplechase.

South Africa finished as the second best African team and 30th on the world medal table after winning two gold, 6 silver and 2 bronze medals. The two gold medals were won in athletics by record-breaking Wayde van Niekerk in men’s 400m and Caster Semenya in women’s 800m. Team South Africa also won two silver medals in athletics, three silver medals in swimming, one silver medal in rowing, one bronze medal in Triathlon and one bronze medal in men’s Rugby sevens tournament.

Ethiopia came third with one gold, two silver and five bronze medals. Almaz Ayana who won Ethiopia’s sole gold medal in women’s 10,000m also won a bronze medal in women’s 5,000m. All Team Ethiopia’s other medals came from athletics.

Behind Ethiopia is Team Ivory Coast in fourth position with one gold and one bronze medals – both in Taekwondo. Cheick Sallah Cissé won the gold in the men’s 80kg category.

Other African medals winners are Algeria – two silver medals, Egypt – 3 bronze medals, Tunisia – 3 bronze medals, Nigeria – one bronze medal, and Morocco – one bronze medal.

Summary of Africa's performance at the Rio Olympic Games.

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