Beyond Team USA: Black Olympians Winning Big In Tokyo


Elaine Thompson-Herah

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It is natural to root for the nation you call home during Summer Olympics Games. Unfortunately, fans often miss the incredible accomplishments of athletes from other countries. Within the last two weeks, the Philippines celebrated its first-ever Olympic gold medal and a Canadian soccer player by the name of Quinn became the first nonbinary gold medalist of any country in any sport. Not to mention, Lamont Marcell Jacobs became the first Italian man to ever win the men's 100-meter dash. As the 2021 Summer Olympic Games come to a close, look back at the great accomplishments of Black athletes from around the world.

Zhan Beleniuk

Zhan Beleniuk

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Representing: Ukraine

Sport: Greco-Roman Wrestling

Accomplishment: He is Ukraine's first Greco-Roman wrestler to win multiple medals at the Olympic Games

Jasmine Camacho-Quinn

Jasmine Camacho-Quinn

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Representing: Puerto Rico

Sport: Track

Accomplishment: She won Puerto Rico its first gold medal in a track and field event.

Alice Dearing

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Representing: Great Britain

Sport: Swimming

Accomplishment: She is the first Black swimmer to represent Great Britain at the Olympics.

Andre De Grasse

Andre De Grasse

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Representing: Canada

Sport: Track

Accomplishment: He is the first Canadian man to win the 200-meter dash since 1928.

Steven Gardiner

Steven Gardiner

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Representing: Bahamas

Sport: Track

Accomplishment: He is the first Bahamian man to win a gold medal in an individual Olympic event.

Lamont Marcell Jacobs

Lamont Marcell Jacobs

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Representing: Italy

Sport: Track

Accomplishment: He is the first Italian man to win the 100-meter dash.

Shaunae Miller

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Representing: Bahamas

Sport: Track

Accomplishment: She is the first woman from the Bahamas to win the 400m twice.

Samuel Takyi

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Representing: Ghana

Sport: Boxing

Accomplishment: He won Ghana its first Olympic medal since 1992.

Christine Mboma

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Representing: Namibia

Sport: Track

Accomplishment: She brought her nation's first Track and Field medal since the 1996 Atlanta Games.

Hugues Fabrice Zango

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Representing: Burkina Faso

Sport: Track and Field

Accomplishment: He brought home Burkina Faso's first-ever Olympic medal, claiming gold in the men's triple jump.

Abel Kipsang

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Representing: Kenya

Sport: Track and Field

Accomplishment: Kipsang set a new Olympic record in 1500m semifinal win. Before the runner took the track this Olympic Gmaes, the record hadn't been broken in over 20 years.

Fiji's Men and Women's Rugby Teams

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Representing: Fiji

Sport: Rugby

Accomplishment: The men defended their gold medal, winning back-to-back Olympic games. The nation's women's team won the bronze medal –– a first for the nation's women's teams –– defeating reigning champions New Zealand.

Elaine Thompson Herah

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Representing: Jamaica

Sport: Track

Accomplishment: Won gold back to back in the women’s 100-meter and 200-meter races, now the fastest woman in the world.

Donata Katai

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Representing: Zimbabwe

Sport: Swimming

Accomplishment: First swimmer from Zimbabwe at the Olympics.

Blessing Oborududu

Wrestling - Olympics: Day 10

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Representing: Nigeria

Sport: Wrestling

Accomplishment: First athlete to win an Olympic medal in wrestling for Nigeria.

Marileidy Paulino

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Representing: Dominican Republic

Sport: Track

Accomplishment: First athlete to win a gold medal for the Dominican Republic in the women’s 400-meter race.

Peruth Chemutai

Athletics - Olympics: Day 12

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Representing: Uganda

Sport: Track

Accomplishment: First Ugandan woman to ever win an Olympic medal.


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