In Rio 2016 athletics track and field, there are seven native Ethiopian athletes running for Bahrain in different distances.
By Joshua Masinde (Quartz) |
Last month, Yasemin Can, a Turkish athlete made mincemeat of her opponents to clinch both the 5,000m and the 10,000m races at the European Championships in Amsterdam. The 19-year old, born in Kenya as Vivian Jemutai, is one of the many African athletes who will be a force to reckon with as they represent their adopted nations when the track & field events kick off this weekend.
Kenya and Ethiopia are celebrated in the middle and long distance races while their counterparts in Nigeria usually put up decent performances in the sprints. About 20 Kenyan-born athletes will represent their adopted nations at the three-week sporting extravaganza, battling it out mostly for the 1,500m, 3,000m steeplechase, 5,000m and 10,000m races.
Asia’s fastest man, is the Nigerian-born Femi Ogunode running for Qatar and another Nigerian-born runner, Ezinne Okparaebo will fly Norway’s flag in the 100m race. Kemi Adekoya and Abubakar Abbas, other Nigerian exports, will represent Bahrain in the 400m race. Bahrain will equally have seven Ethiopian adoptees in Rio 2016.
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