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Sprint gold for Cote d'Ivoire in the All African Games

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By Euronews
Sprint gold for Cote d'Ivoire in the All African Games

The peak of the All African Games was the the finals of the Men’s and Women’s 100 metres. Ben Youssef Meiti sprinted to take gold in the men’s event. The Cote d’Ivoire athlete crossed the line in a shade over 10 seconds. Ogho Egwero from Nigeria was second, Koffy Wilfried Hua third.

Marie-Josee Talou made it a sprint double for the Cote d’Ivoire out pacing her rivals comfortably. Africa’s top 100 metres runners Blessing Okhagbare and Murielle Ahoure were absent leaving the way clear for the promising 26- year-old.

There was a double gold too in the Men’s and Women’s 800 metres finals this time for South Africa. Just 15 minutes after Antonio Alkana had won the men’s event Caster Semenya took gold to push South Africa’s medal haul past the 100 mark.

Ethopia won its first gold of the games in the blue-riband 10,000 metres. Going into the final lap Tsebelu Zewude and Adugna Takele battled to ward off the challenge from the Kenyan athletes led by Leonard Barsoton.

It was a close finish but Zewude had the final punch to cross the line first ahead of Barsoton with Takele third.

Jubilation for Kenya’s women’s volleyball team as it bagged Gold after trouncing close rivals Cameroon three sets to one.

The Kenyans had lost the first set but bounced back to take victory.

It was the second meeting between the two sides having played in the group stages where Kenya had lost in a five set thriller. Revenge coated in gold.