The All-African Games have ended in Lagos after days of intense competition in which one world record and dozens of African records ???
The All-African Games have ended in Lagos after days of intense competition in which one world record and dozens of African records ???ell.
It was Black Africa's biggest sporting festivals, with 36 countries taking part. Egypt came out on top with 25 gold medals.
One of the stars of the Games was Kenya's Benjamin Jipcho who won golds in the 3,000 metres steeplechases and the 5,000 meters.
SYNOPSIS: Lagos, Nigeria... venue for the nineteen-seventy-three All-African Games... where one world record and dozens of African records fell under intense competition.
The start of the women's eight-hundred meters final... one of the glamour track and field events. The favourites for the event are Christie Anyakun of Uganda and Helena Opoku of Ghana... each of whom has set some incredible times over this distance. But it became obvious early that the world record was safe this time.
The final lap... and Christie Anyakun leads the field across the line with Rosalina Joshua of Nigeria and Helena Opoku third.
The start of the Men's five-thousand metres... with a top class field including benjamin Jipcho, a Kenyan policeman Jipcho had already won a gold for Kenya in the three-thousand metres steeplechase. By the halfway mark, it was still anyone's race with Jipcho and his countryman Paul Mose, strongly placed.
But at the finish Jipcho was too good for Mose... or any of the opposition. Mirius Yifter of Ethiopia was second with Mose in third place. Jipcho's wins gave Kenya its sixth gold medal.
The second All-African Games were described as an immense success and African sports officials who watched predicted even bigger successes for African athletes in the next Olympics.