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Top ten African countries with the most Gold Olympic medals

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Kenya, South Africa, Ethiopia, Egypt, Morocco, Algeria, Zimbabwe, Tunisia, Cameroon, and Nigeria are the top ten African countries with the most Gold Olympic medals.


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10 African countries with the most Gold Olympic medals

How much do you know about Africa's history at the Summer Olympics Games? The 2016 summer Olympic Games in Rio officially known as the Games of the XXXI Olympiad has been a part of Africa’s history since 1904. Also in Rio 2016, the first-ever Team Refugees will stand before the world and prove that you can succeed no matter where you're from.

Top ten African countries with the most Gold Olympic medals

African Country Gold SilverBronzeTotal

Kenya

24

33

29

86

South Africa

23

26

27

76

Ethiopia

21

7

17

45

Egypt

7

9

10

26

Morocco

6

5

11

22

Algeria

5

2

8

15

Zimbabwe

3

4

1

8

Tunisia

3

3

4

10

Cameroon

3

1

1

5

Nigeria

2

9

12

23

Tirunesh Dibaba, Ethiopian long distance track athlete has three gold medals and is the current World and Olympic 10,000 meters champion.
Tirunesh Dibaba, Ethiopian long distance track athlete has three gold medals.
 

2016 summer Olympic Games protocol order for Africa

The 2016 summer Olympic Games protocol order for Africa, the protocol order is the order countries will march in during the Olympic opening ceremonies. 

Greece always marches first in a nod to its status as the first nation to hold both the modern and ancient versions of the Olympic Games. The host country always goes last. 

Rio 2016 organizers decided to place the team of refugee athletes next to last in protocol order, for the rest, the parade follows alphabetical order in the local tongue.


1. South Africa

2. Algeria

3. Angola

4. Benin

5. Botswana

6. Burkina Faso

7. Burundi

8. Cameroon

9. Cape Verde

10. Central African Republic

11. Comoros

12. Congo

13. Democratic Republic of the Congo

14. Côte D'ivoire

15. Djibouti

16. Egypt

17. Eritrea

18. Ethiopia

Yolande Mabika, a judoka from the Democratic Republic of the Congo, practices ahead of the 2016 Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. © UNHCR/Kim Badawi
Yolande Mabika, a judoka from the Democratic Republic of the Congo

19. Gabon

20. The Gambia

21. Ghana

22. Guinea-Bissau

23. Kenya

24. Lesotho

25. Liberia

26. Libya

27. Madagascar

28. Malawi

29. Mali

30. Morocco

31. Mauritius

32. Mauritania

33. Mozambique

34. Namibia

35. Niger

36. Nigeria

37. Uganda

38. Rwanda

39. Sao Tome And Principe

Three members of the Refugee Olympic Team attend a ceremony to welcome the team to the Olympic Village. © UNHCR/Benjamin Loyseau
Three members of the Refugee Olympic Team

40. Senegal

41. Seychelles

42. Sierra Leone

43. Somalia

44. South Sudan

45. Sudan

46. eSwatini formerly Swaziland

47. United Republic Of Tanzania

48. Chad

49. Togo

50. Tunisia

51. Zambia

    52. Zimbabwe

Kenya’s gold, silver and bronze medals in the summer Olympic games

London 2012 summer Olympic Games

G 2

S 4

B 5

Beijing 2008 summer Olympic Games

G 6

S 4

B 4

Athens 2004 summer Olympic Games

G 1

S 4

B 2

Sydney 2000 summer Olympic Games

G 2

S 3

B 2

Atlanta 1996 summer Olympic games

G 1

S 4

B 3

Barcelona 1992 summer Olympic games

G 2

S 4

B 2

Seoul 1988 summer Olympic games

G 5

S 2

B 2

Los Angeles 1984 summer Olympic games

G 1

S 0

B 2

Munich 1972 summer Olympic games

G 2

S 3

B 4

Mexico 1968 summer Olympic games

G 3

S 4

B 2

Tokyo 1964 summer Olympic games

G 0

S 0

B 1

Did you know? At the 2016 Summer Games in Rio de Janeiro, 10 refugee athletes from four countries will compete together as the Refugee Olympic Team. Among them are two swimmers, two judokas, a marathoner and five medium-distance runners. South 

Sudanese runner Rose Lokonyen, will lead athletes originally from South Sudan, Syria, the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Ethiopia behind the flag of the International Olympic Committee as the first ever refugee Olympic team.


“Being a refugee doesn’t mean you are not a human being.”
Rose Nathike Lokonyen, the flag bearer at the Rio 2016 Opening Ceremony, trains in Kenya before arriving in Brazil. © UNHCR/Benjamin Loyseau


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