British Mo Farah and Jamaican Usain Bolt Join AfroAmerica Network Great Athletes of All Times

Mo Farah, Caleb Mwangagi Ndiku and Hagos Gebrhiwet World Championships, Beijing August 28, 2015

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Mo Farah, the Somali born, Brish Athlete has claimed the first distance triple-bouble, after winning 5,000 m and 10,000 at the World Championships held in Beijing, China from August 22-30, 2015. He won the same races twice, before: the London Olympics of 2012 and teh World Championships held in Moscow, Russia, from August 10-18, 2013.

Mo Farah, 32, has now outperformed the Ethiopian Kenenisa Bekele,  the only other person to claim 'double-double' in the distance events. He has  five World Championship golds, two Olympic golds and five European golds.

In the same World Championships, the Jamaican Usain Bolt completed the gold medal treble in the 100-meter dash, 200-meter run and

4x100-meter relay for the fifth time in his career.  The  Jamaican sprinters finished in 37.36 seconds for gold on Saturday.

Jamaicans, with the help of Usain Bolt have won every global championship gold medal since the 2008 Summer Olympics. Usain  Bolt, 29,  has won individual gold medals in the men's 100-meters and 200-meters at the 2008 Olympics, 2009 World Championships, 2012 Olympics, 2013 World championships and 2015 world championships.

Both Usain Bolt and Mo Farah joins the growing list of AfroAmerica Network greatest athletes of all times. These includes those who have outperformed other great athletes, sometimes beating the odds, since the Modern Olympic Games were launched.

The modern Olympic Games were launched in 1896. However, the first Afro to win a medal is  George Poage.     In 1904, George Poage  won third place in both 200-meter and 400-meter hurdles. 

He attended the University of Wisconsin. Since then, scores of afros have excelled in Olympic Games.

J.B. Taylor: the first Afro to win a gold medal. This was in 1908, in London in the 1,600-meter relay as part of the
                     United States of America  team.
DeHart Hubard: the second Afro to win a gold medal. This was  in 1924, in Paris, in the long jump competition.

Eddie Tolan: the first Afro to win two gold medals. This was in Los-Angeles in 1932, for the 100-meter and
                     200-meter dashes.

In Olympic Games of 1936, held in Berlin, Germany:

Jessie Owens:  the first Afro to win 4 gold medals and to set three world recods in 100-meter dash, 200-meter

                   dash, and the long jump. He ran the anchor to break the world record in 400-meter relay.
Ralph Metcalfe:  earned a silver medal for running one second behind Owens in 100-meter dash. He ran on the
              record-breaking 400-meter relay team that earned a gold medal.

In Olympic Games on 1948, held in London, Great Britain:

Harrison Dillard, Mal Whitfield and Alice Coachman, established olympic records in the 100-meter dash, 800-meter run and women's high jump.
John Davis won a gold medal in weightlifting. For the first time, two Afros were on the US Basketball team that won a gold medal.

Afros continued to win gold medals in following Olympic Games.

Nigerian high jumper Emmanuel Lfeajuna was the first black African to win a gold medal at a major international sporting event when he won the gold in the 1954 Commonwealth Games in Vancouver, wearing one shoe. That was his last showing in competitions. He got involved in politics. He was executed on 25 September 1967, after being accused of killing the Nigeria's first prime minister during a failed a military coup in January 1966.  He had led a rebellion by the Igbo people of eastern Nigeria.

In Olympic Games of 1960,  the Ethiopian Abebe Bikila , running in his bare feet, established both Olympic and World record in Marathon.    Wilma Rudolph became the first American woman to win three gold medals in a single Olympics. Cassius Clay a.k.a Muhammad Ali, earned gold medals in light heavyweight boxing.

In the 1964 Olympics, held in Tokyo,  Bob Hayes broke the World record in the 100-meter dash and Abebe Bikila remained the world champion in Marathon.

In the controversial 1968 Olympics held in Mexico City, Mexico , Tommie Lee Smith, who won the 200-meter dash and John Carlos, who came third in 200-meter dash, delivered the Black Power Salute to protest against injustice in America.  Afros won in total 60 medals including 25 golds.  Bob Beamon set a record by two feet beyond the previous world record to win the long jump. The record stood until 1991.

Afros continued their brilliant performance in Olympics, especially in 1976, at  Montreal, Canada, where the boxing team lead by Sugar Ray Leonard and Leon and Michale Spinks took five gold medals. Edwin Moses set a world record in the 400-meter hudles. He will dominate in this event for the following decade. 

 Allen Coage,  was the first Afro athlete to win an Olympic medal (Bronze) in judo in 1976 Olypmics, in the heavyweight division. He remains the only American heavyweight to have a won an Olympic medal in judo. he later joined the ranks of professional wrestling under the stage names Bad News Allen and Bad News Brown.

In 1984, in Los Angeles, Carl Lewis won four gold medals to tie Jesse Owen's record.

In 1988, in Seoul, South Korea, Florence Griffith-Joyner, aka Flo-Jo won three gold medals and one silver. Her sister-n-law, Jackie Joyner-Kersee  started a long career by setting world records in the long jump and the heptathlon.
She is now considered the Greatest Woman Athlete of All times.

Zina Garrison, well before the legendary Williams sisters  took home a gold medal at the 1988 Olympics, after winning  the women's doubles. 

In 1992 Olympics, South Africa was allowed again to participate in the Olympics after a 28 years suspension in the Olympic Games for its apartheid policy. White South African runner Elana Meyer  and Afro Ethiopian  runner Derartu Tulu fiercly competed in the 10,000 m, won by Tulu,  and then ran their lap of honour hand in hand.

In 1992 in Barcelona and in 1996 in Atlanta, Carl Lewis won his 8, 9, and 10th Olympic titles in long jump and relay and subsequently retired.

Cullen Jones, at 28 years old, Jones became one of the fastest freestyle sprinters in the United States, taking home the gold.  In 2008, he set a world record at the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games and won the gold medal.  

John Orozco grew up in the Bronx and was constantly bullied by his below classmates.  At 19, he was one of the few black men to be part of the Olympic gymnastic team.
Venus and Serena Williams  have become the synonym of Women Tennis. The two Williams sisters have won several Tennis tournament medals. They have won the 2000 and 2008 Olympic medals. That, from black women who hailed from the crime ridden Compton, they have more than excelled.