Simone Biles' bid for a record six gold medals at the Tokyo Games ended abruptly on Tuesday (July 27) when she dropped out of the women's team final after one vault and watched as the United States surrendered their title to Russia. It was a stunning and disappointing start to the Olympics for the U.S. women, who had expected to dominate the final as they had not been beaten in a major team competition since 2011. But the entire event was turned on its head in an instant when Biles, the world and Olympic all-around champion, completely mistimed her opening vault to earn a low score of 13.766.
Filipina weightlifter Hidilyn Diaz, who took silver at Rio 2016, has been stuck in Malaysia since February last year because of the coronavirus pandemic, but is determined to realise her dream of becoming the first Olympic gold medal winner from the Philippines.
South Africa's Springbok Sevens are preparing for the Olympic Games in Tokyo with one goal in mind: bringing back a gold medal. Disappointed by their third place finish at the Rio Olympics, they want to follow in the footsteps of the national rugby union team, who won the World Cup in Japan in 2019.
Edo State Deputy Governor Philip Shaibu on Monday entered the history books as the country’s first major political office holder to win a football gold medal at the National Sports Festival, after leading Team Edo to a 3-2 win over Team Lagos in the final of the men’s football event of the 20th edition in Benin City.
As a result of oil production cuts, price instability, and disruptions in the oil supply chain, the case for diversification has intensified in Nigeria, which is why the current administration is making attempts to diversify Africa's largest economy away from crude to gold. How successful will the new quest be?
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At least two people are killed and around 20 others are thought to be trapped below ground in a mining accident in Zimbabwe. Meanwhile, the world's mining elite gather in Cape Town for a top-flight industry conference. We hear more about the challenges facing the sector. And the very few Congolese World War II veterans still alive remember the sacrifices they made fighting for Belgium during the conflict. The former colonial ruler has been criticised for turning its back on African soldiers who battled shoulder to shoulder with the Belgians.