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won almost half of her races all season long and was the 2011 World Champion in the event and there- fore was expected to do well in London.


Lehann Fourie placed seventh in the 110m hurdles final. Fourie set the African and South African records later in the year with a time of 13.24 sec- onds.


Gerald Phiri of Zambia made it to the semi- finals in the 100m with a time of 10.11seconds. It was close to his Zambian national record of 10.06 which he had set back at the Texas Relays in Austin Texas some months back and the second best time he has ever ran, but failed to advance to the finals as he placed fifth in his semi-final heat.


Gerald Phiri of Zambia in action against Tyson Gay of the USA in the 100 meters Semi-Finals


Ngonidzashe Makusha one of the brightest African medal prospects for the London Games, had to miss the Olympics due to an Achilles injury he sustained and had to undergo surgery months before the games. The 2011 Long Jump World Champion bronze medallist and double NCAA champion would have had a good chance to win the long jump and possibly even reach the 100m finals too after posting the 3rd fastest time ever ran by an African sprinter of 9.89 second back in the spring of 2011. Makusha’s personal best would have placed him first in the long jump and sixth in the 100m final.


Makusha’s recovery has been going well and he should be back in top shape for the World Athletics Championships in Moscow in Au- gust of 2013.


Beijing silver medallist Khotso Mokoena from South Africa was eight in a very low quality long jump final. Oke Tosin from Nigeria was seventh in the triple jump final.


As expected, Africans took most of the distance medals. On the men’s side the entire marathon medals went to Africa as Stephen Kiprotich from Uganda took gold, Abel Kirui from Kenya silver and another Kenyan Wilson Kiprotich bronze.


Makusha of Zimbabwe


Other African gold medallists in London 2012 were Taoufik Mak- hloufi from Algeria in 1500m, Ezekiel Kemboi from Kenya in the 3000m steeplechase, Meseret Defar in women’s 5000m, and Tiki Gelana in women’s marathon.


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