Highlights for Africa this week at the Olympics

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2020 Summer Olympic Games 

Tokyo, Japan
July 23 - August 8, 2021 
Namibia's exciting starlets Beatrice Masilingi, 18, and Christine Mboma, 18, will both be in action as the athletics track and field events start on July 30. 
The teenagers will compete in the women's 100 meters preliminary round race with Masilingi having ran 49.53 sec in the 400 meters, an unofficial third-fastest world under-20 time in history in April 2021.
While Mboma set an unratified African senior and world under-20 record in the 400 meters, which made her the seventh fastest woman of all time at the event with the 12th fastest result ever earlier this year.
All eyes will be on Botswana's Nigel Amos when he takes part in the men's 800 meters preliminary round race on July 31.
Amos, who is one of the fastest middle-distance runners in the world, won silver at the 2012 Olympics, which was Botswana's first-ever Olympic medal.
The 27-year-old is the favourite to win the 800 meters in the absence of two-time Olympic champion David Rudisha, who will be missing because of a persistent hamstring problem.
“I have been working really hard in training but I just haven’t been racing," Amos said on Mmegi. 
"I had an injury when I was supposed to race in Doha, but coming back from injury and running 1:42 shows that things are going in the right direction towards the Olympics."
Amos compatriot Isaac Makwala will be in action on August 1 as he takes part in the men's 400 meters preliminary round race. 
Makwala became the first man in history to run a 200 meters within 20 seconds and a 400 meters within 44 seconds on the same day by running 43.92 in the 400, then 19.77 (+0.0) in the 200, 2 hours and 20 minutes later at the 2017 Meeting de Atletismo Madrid.
Meanwhile, Nigeria's women basketball team will be looking to bounce back to winning ways when they face France in their second Group B match on July 30.
The Tigeress succumbed to an 81-72 defeat to the USA in their opening match in Group B on July 27 as they look to go all the way and clinch their maiden medal in the Olympics.
Lastly, Egyptian trampolinist Seif Asser Sherif is set to take part in the men's trampoline gymnastics event on July 31 and he will be keen to continue his good form.
The 26-year-old won the individual gold medal at the recent 2021 African Trampoline Championships in Cairo and he qualified for the Tokyo Olympics.

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Published: 07/29/2021