London 2012: African Stars Made Games Unforgettable

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David Rudisha

Country: Kenya

Sport: Athletics

London 2012 record: Gold – 800m

Rudisha may not have the flamboyant attitude of Bolt, but the Kenyan delivered a breathtaking performance that dazzled the crowd in the Olympic Stadium. The 800m final was the fastest of all time with seven of the eight athletes running personal bests – five of them under 1:43 seconds. But the field was blown away by Rudisha, who led from start to finish, sprinting clear down the home straight to break his own world record.


Hamadou Djibo Issaka

Country: Niger

Sport: Rowing

London 2012 record: Last

“Issaka the Otter” won the heart of the crowds at the rowing despite finishing his two races more than a minute behind his competitors. A few months before the start of the Games, Issaka was a gardener in his country’s capital, Niamey, when he took up rowing in a fishing boat. “I have no technique, I only rely on power,” Issaka said. “I compete with courage, but there also people cheering me there, they applaud me and urge me to help me finish my race and I will do it.”

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