The third All-African games -- and with the athletics events due to start this week, many of the continent's top athletes are in final stages of training.
The third All-African games -- and with the athletics events due to start this week, many of the continent's top athletes are in final stages of training. There is much at stake, with prestigious gold medals to be won, and the chance to break existing world records in track and field events.
SYNOPSIS: The games opened last week, and already medals have been won and hopes dashed in swimming, boxing, and other off-track events. But for many the real competition begins this week, when the athletics begin. And with just a few days left, competitors are going through the rigours of final training programmes here in the Olympic stadium.
It is on the athletics field that Africa presents its strongest sporting challenge to the world. Some current world record holders will be competing in the games.
Kenya's Henry Rono holds four world records in middle and long distance track events. But unfortunately he will not have the chance to defend all these. A leg injury has forces him out of the 5,000 and 10,000 metres, and robbed him of a show-down with World Cup champion Miruts Yifter of Ethiopia.
Kenya, with a team of over 150 at the games, is strongly represented in athletics events. Mike Boit -- their 800 metre runner -- is ranked second in the world. He, among others, is looking for a medal, and possibly a record time to take to next month's Commonwealth games in Edmonton.