1999 All-Africa Games

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VII All-Africa Games
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Official logo of the Games
Host city Johannesburg, South Africa
Nations participating 53
Events 18 sports
Opening ceremony 10 September
Closing ceremony 19 September
Officially opened by Thabo Mbeki
Main venue Johannesburg Stadium
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The 7th All-Africa Games were held from September 10, 1999 to September 19, 1999 in Greater Johannesburg, South Africa. 53 countries participated in eighteen sports. Netball was included as a demonstration sport.

The South Africans hosted about 25,000 visitors including 6,000 athletes and 3,000 officials from throughout the continent. The Opening Ceremonies, with dancing, African parables and Zulu warriors, was staged in an arena with less than 15 000 spectators.

South Africa, which had lost to Greece for a bid for the 2004 Olympic Games was hoping to impress FIFA in hopes of landing the 2006 World Cup. Overall the games were a success, with hosts South Africa outdistancing Nigeria and Egypt in the medals race.

Typical problems at the games included 600 children contracting food poisoning after being fed boxed lunches at the practice session for the Opening Ceremonies, striking laborers demonstrating outside games venues, displaying placards which read "No Wages, No All Africa Games." Women's field hockey was demoted to a non-medal event after the Nigerian team dropped out of the tournament. A melee at the finish of the basketball game between Angola and Egypt forced police to escort the Egyptian team from the court. Haile Gebreselassie, the world record holder in the 5,000 and 10,000 meter runs opted out of the games for health reasons, depriving the games organizers of one of the biggest drawing cards of the games.

Despite the difficulties IOC President Juan Antonio Samaranch, praised South Africa's organization of the Games, saying "this shows that you can organize big events."

Olympic stars Maria de Lurdes Mutola (athletics-800 m), Penny Heyns (swimming), Gete Wami (athletics, 10000 m) all starred in the women's events. South African pole vaulter Okkert Brits won his second African Games gold medal. Assefa Mezgebu of Ethiopia won the men's 10000 m.

Cameroon beat Zambia 4-3 on penalty kicks to win the football finale.

Participating sports[edit]

Medal table[edit]

      Host nation

 Rank  Nation Gold Silver Bronze Total
1  South Africa 71 64 49 184
2  Nigeria 64 28 37 129
3  Egypt 53 60 45 158
4  Tunisia 20 20 23 63
5  Algeria 14 24 32 70
6  Kenya 10 10 20 40
7  Cameroon 6 13 22 41
8  Senegal 6 10 9 25
9  Ethiopia 6 4 4 14
10  Lesotho 6 1 3 10
11  Angola 4 1 1 6
12  Madagascar 4 3 7 14
13  Ghana 2 2 11 15
14  Côte d'Ivoire 2 1 5 8
15  Uganda 2 1 3 6
16  Zimbabwe 1 10 13 24
17  Mauritius 1 7 9 17
18  Gabon 1 3 6 0
19  Democratic Republic of the Congo 1 1 2 4
20  Mozambique 1 0 0 0
21  Botswana 0 3 2 5
22  Seychelles 0 1 6 7
23  Niger 0 1 2 3
 Congo 0 1 2 3
25  Tanzania 0 1 0 1
 Zambia 0 1 0 1
 Togo 0 1 0 1
 Benin 0 1 0 1
29  Swaziland 0 0 4 4
30  Central African Republic 0 0 2 2
 Mali 0 0 2 2
 Namibia 0 0 2 2
 Cape Verde 0 0 2 2
34  Guinea-Bissau 0 0 1 1
 Libya 0 0 1 1
 Malawi 0 0 1 1
224 223 280 727

Athletics[edit]

See Athletics at the 1999 All-Africa Games

Maria de Lurdes Mutola of Mozambique won her third 800 metres title in a row. Nigeria won all four relay races; 4x100 metres and 4x400 metres for men and women. South African athletes won all four throwing events for men.

Some new women's events were added: pole vault, hammer throw and 10 kilometres road walk.

Field hockey[edit]

Soccer[edit]

The soccer tournament was won by Cameroon, who became the second team to win this tournament twice.

Gold: Silver: Bronze:
Cameroon Cameroon

Coach:

Zambia Zambia

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South Africa South Africa

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Kenya Hockey Union: All Africa Games Results

External links[edit]