Sports in Africa - Birthplace of John Akii-Bua!

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Road to London 2012! Black Africa Did you know- Many African soccer teams are now beginning to reach top positions: 1996 Summer Games: Nigeria- gold medal 2000 Summer Games: Cameroon- gold medal 2007 Under-17 World Cup: Nigeria - 1st place 2009 Under-20 World Cup: Ghana- 1st place Cameroon Did you know- Weightlifter Madeleine Yamechi (Cameroon) came in seventh place in the women's 69-kilogram category at the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens (Greece).
Central African Republic Did you know- In October 1968,an athlete -Gabriel Mboa- fly to the United Mexican States for the Central African's first attendance of the Olympic Games.
Congo Did you know- By 2003, Congo's handball player Didiane Oumba was one of the best players in the Under-20 World Cup in Macedonia.
Cote d'Ivoire Did you know- A 34-member team from Cote d'Ivoire participated in the Olympic Games in South Korea in 1988.
Dahomey Did you know- The Republic of Dahomey -modern-day Benin- sent six competitors, three athletes, two boxers, and one judoka, to the Olympic Games in Munich, Germany in 1972.
Benin is one of the smallest and youngest members of the Olympic family.
Egypt Did you know- Surprisingly, the men's football team placed eighth in the Games of the VII Olympiad in Belgium in 1920.
In Europe, they routed Hungary 3-0.
Eight years later, the team of Egypt came fourth in the Olympic Games in the Netherlands, behind Uruguay, Argentina, and Italy.
On that occasion, the Arab nation defeated Turkey (7-1) and Portugal (2-1).
Later on, they competed in three Olympic tournaments: Berlin'36, London'48, and Helsinki'52.
At the Summer Games in Helsinki (Finland), Egypt beat Chile 5-4.
In the next round, they lost to Germany.
Libya Did you know- Five athletes from Libya come to the United States to participate in the Summer Olympics in 1996.
Ironically, Washington had not diplomatic ties with Tripoli.
Twelve years ago, Libya did not compete in the Games of the XXIII Olympiad in the US city of Los Angeles, California.
Madagascar Did you know- The National Olympic Committee has made enormous efforts to compete at the Summer Olympic Games in the last four decades.
The modern state of Madagascar has not had great Olympic champs, like many African countries between 1960 and 2008, but it was home to the legendary athlete Jean-Louis Ravelomanantsoa, the "King of Madagascar", who was one of the world's top ten sprinters in the late 1960s and early 1970s (by 1971, he was the third best sprinter).
Because of this, Mr Ravelomanantsoa is the greatest Malagasy athlete of all time.
Nigeria Did you know- At the 1992 Barcelona Games, the Nigerian women's handball team competed for the first time at the Olympic Games.
Tanzania Did you know- For the first time Tanzania sent sportswomen ( Mosi Ali and Nzael Kyomo) to the Summer Olympics in the early 1980s.
Uganda Did you know- By 1971, Uganda's idol John Akii-Bua was the second-best hurdler in the world.
In the next year, he won the Olympic title in the men's 400m hurdles in the Games of the 20th Olympiad in the Federal Republic of Germany
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