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.
Sport: Greco-Roman Wrestling
Accomplishment: He is Ukraine's first Greco-Roman wrestler to win multiple medals at the Olympic Games
Representing: Puerto Rico
Accomplishment: She won Puerto Rico its first gold medal in a track and field event.
Representing: Great Britain
Accomplishment: She is the first Black swimmer to represent Great Britain at the Olympics.
Andre De Grasse
Accomplishment: He is the first Canadian man to win the 200-meter dash since 1928.
Accomplishment: He is the first Bahamian man to win a gold medal in an individual Olympic event.
Lamont Marcell Jacobs
Accomplishment: He is the first Italian man to win the 100-meter dash.
Accomplishment: She is the first woman from the Bahamas to win the 400m twice.
Accomplishment: He won Ghana its first Olympic medal since 1992.
Accomplishment: She brought her nation's first Track and Field medal since the 1996 Atlanta Games.
Hugues Fabrice Zango
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.
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
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
Accomplishment: Won gold back to back in the women’s 100-meter and 200-meter races, now the fastest woman in the world.
Accomplishment: First swimmer from Zimbabwe at the Olympics.
Accomplishment: First athlete to win an Olympic medal in wrestling for Nigeria.
Representing: Dominican Republic
Accomplishment: First athlete to win a gold medal for the Dominican Republic in the women’s 400-meter race.
Accomplishment: First Ugandan woman to ever win an Olympic medal.