Alongside Africa’s residents, sports fans from around the world have celebrated the numerous exceptional performances of athletes from the continent, enthusiastically recognising newly broken world records. We believe it would serve well to take a look at some of the most exceptional stars performing stars near impossible feats of athleticism.
Indisputably the greatest long-distance runner in the history of international athletics, Eliud Kipchoge, a humble man from rural Kenya have become the worlds most celebrated and decorated marathon runner. He became the World Record Holder and fastest man to ever run the marathon after breaking the world record by an astounding 78 seconds, completing the marathon distance in 2:01:39 in Berlin during September 2018. Since 2013, Kipchoge competed in 13 of the world’s major marathon distance events winning 12 of these, with his 2nd place at the 2013 Berlin event as his last non-first place finish. At the 2016 Olympics scooping up another gold in Rio de Janeiro, his goal remains to run his chosen 42km event in under two hours.
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Caster Semenya, the South African Middle-distance runner who past performances have proven her as one of the best female athletes Africa has ever produced. After having dealt with several huge controversies in her amazing career that saw her subjected to gender testing and facing numerous calls for banning her from sports altogether, she became the current 800m World and Olympic Champion. Despite suffering under tremendous pressure from the media and various sports bodies, she managed to gracefully maintain her composure while simultaneously improving her performance. In recent times she utterly dominated 800m events wherever she competed and currently has her sights set on breaking the world 800m distance record. She overcame all odds to eventually feature in one of Nike’s latest commercials.
Ethiopian long-distance track athlete, Haile Gebrselassie, started his brilliant career running track events but ended up making his mark upon marathon events across the world during a career spanning more than 20 years. Marathon World Record holder prior to Kipchoge’s reign saw him singlehandedly break 60 national records in Ethiopia, eventually adding 27 World Records to his exceptional career tally. At the age of 35 during the Berlin Marathon, an event in which he’d already captured the crown four times consecutively, he went on to finally smash his own world record.