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Sports News Sun, 1 Aug 2010

Margaret Simpson wins gold!

Margaret Simpson won Ghana's first and probably only gold on day four of the 17th CAA African Athletics Championships at the Nyayo stadium in Nairobi, Kenya on Saturday.

The 2005 World championship bronze medalist, improved South African Junice Joseph’s championship record to take the women’s heptathlon with 6031 points ahead of South Africa’s Janet Wienand (5500 pts) with Lesotho’s Ts’oalei Selloane winning her second medal of the championships after the high jump gold taking bronze (5302 pts).

Ghana has so far won one gold, one silver(Aziz Zakari 100m) and two bronze medals (Mens & Womens 4x100).

In the other highlights of day four, Nigeria’s Oke Tosin leaped 17.22m to win the men’s Triple Jump, but missed the championship record, held by Ghanaian Andre Owusu by just one centimetre. Algeria’s Hadj Lazib took a surprise win in the men’s 110m Hurdles ahead of Nigerian favorite Selim Nurudeen. And Egyptian Abdel Mohsen Anani won the men’s hammer beating South African five-time champion Chris Harmse.

An impressive finishing kick by Olympic 5000m and 10,000m champion Tirunesh Dibaba won Ethiopia’s first gold

Medal Standings

COUNTRY GOLD SILVER BRONZE TOTAL
SOUTH AFRICA
6
5
5
16
NIGERIA
5
3
3
11
KENYA
5
2
4
11
EGYPT
2
2
3
7
ALGERIA
2
2
2
6
ETHIOPIA
1
3
2
6
SENEGAL
1
3
1
5
GHANA
1
1
2
4
IVORY COAST
1
1
1
3
MOROCCO
1
2
3
LESOTHO
1
1
2
TUNISIA
1
1
BOTSWANA
1
1
LIBYA
1
1

Margaret Simpson won Ghana's first and probably only gold on day four of the 17th CAA African Athletics Championships at the Nyayo stadium in Nairobi, Kenya on Saturday.

The 2005 World championship bronze medalist, improved South African Junice Joseph’s championship record to take the women’s heptathlon with 6031 points ahead of South Africa’s Janet Wienand (5500 pts) with Lesotho’s Ts’oalei Selloane winning her second medal of the championships after the high jump gold taking bronze (5302 pts).

Ghana has so far won one gold, one silver(Aziz Zakari 100m) and two bronze medals (Mens & Womens 4x100).

In the other highlights of day four, Nigeria’s Oke Tosin leaped 17.22m to win the men’s Triple Jump, but missed the championship record, held by Ghanaian Andre Owusu by just one centimetre. Algeria’s Hadj Lazib took a surprise win in the men’s 110m Hurdles ahead of Nigerian favorite Selim Nurudeen. And Egyptian Abdel Mohsen Anani won the men’s hammer beating South African five-time champion Chris Harmse.

An impressive finishing kick by Olympic 5000m and 10,000m champion Tirunesh Dibaba won Ethiopia’s first gold

Medal Standings

COUNTRY GOLD SILVER BRONZE TOTAL
SOUTH AFRICA
6
5
5
16
NIGERIA
5
3
3
11
KENYA
5
2
4
11
EGYPT
2
2
3
7
ALGERIA
2
2
2
6
ETHIOPIA
1
3
2
6
SENEGAL
1
3
1
5
GHANA
1
1
2
4
IVORY COAST
1
1
1
3
MOROCCO
1
2
3
LESOTHO
1
1
2
TUNISIA
1
1
BOTSWANA
1
1
LIBYA
1
1

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