13 August 2012
Last updated at 18:06
Now that the 2012 Olympic Games are over Africa is digesting its display in London. The continent won less medals in London than in Beijing and there were less African countries on the medals table. But some African sportsmen and women were among the world’s best, including Kenya’s David Rudisha whose victory in the men’s 800m – ahead of Botswana’s Nijel Amos and Kenya’s Timothy Kitum – was one of London’s finest moments.
Ezekiel Kemboi, also from Kenya, won gold in the men’s 3,000m steeplechase competition. The bronze medal went to his compatriot Abel Kiprop Mutai.
South Africa was the African country that did best at the Olympics with three gold medals, two silver and one bronze. Swimmers Cameron van der Burgh (right) and Chad le Clos both won gold, in 100m breaststroke and 200m butterfly respectively. Le Clos also took home the 100m butterfly silver medal.
South African rowers Sizwe Ndlovu, John Smith, Matthew Brittain and James Thompson won the gold medal in the men’s lightweight four.
South Africa’s Caster Semenya took silver in the 800m race. The gold medal went to Russia's Mariya Savinova. Semenya's form has been mixed since returning from a controversial 11-month suspension that followed her 2009 World Championships win while gender tests were being carried out.
Ethiopian Meseret Defar shocked her compatriot Tirunesh Dibaba with a stunning last lap to reclaim the Olympic 5,000m title she last won in Athens in 2004. Dibaba – who had already won the 10,000m gold - came third after Kenya’s Vivian Cheruiyot.
Another Ethiopian heroine was Tiki Gelana who won the women’s marathon ahead of Kenya’s Priscah Jeptoo.
The men’s marathon was also dominated by Africans. Stephen Kiprotich won the first Olympic gold for Uganda since 1972. The silver and bronze medals went to Kenyans Abel Kirui and Wilson Kipsang respectively.
Algeria's Taoufik Makhloufi became the Olympic champion in the men’s 1,500m. It was the first global title of his career. Moroccan Abdalaati Iguider took the bronze medal.
Tunisia's Oussama Mellouli became the first swimmer to win pool and open water medals at a single Olympics as he surged to the 10km title in London's Hyde Park. The 28 year old had also taken the bronze medal in the 1,500m in the pool.
Taekwondo fighter Anthony Obame made history as he won Gabon’s first ever medal in the Olympic Games. He took the silver medal after losing out to Italy’s Carlo Molfetta.
Egypt's Alaaeldin Abouelkassem became the first African fencer to reach the semi-finals at an Olympics. He won the silver medal. China's Lei Sheng came first.
South Africa's Oscar Pistorius did not win any medals but he made history by becoming the first amputee sprinter to compete at the Olympics. The four-time Paralympic champion, 25, whose legs were amputated below the knee as a baby, will also run at the London Paralympic Games which start on 29 August.
Last but not least, Niger’s Hamadou Djibo Issaka, nicknamed "Issaka the Otter", who won the heart of the crowds despite finishing his two races more than a minute behind his competitors. Issaka, who was a gardener, only took up rowing three months ago and trained for his Olympic debut in an old fishing boat.