Monday, December 17, 2012

Evening Edition Video Of The Week: The African Rowing Championships, 2012



The above (very nicely produced) video covers the eighth African Rowing Championships, which were held in Alexandria, Egypt from 28 November-2 December, 2012, and saw athletes from nine countries compete across 16 events. While Egypt dominated the racing, taking home no less than nine gold medals when all was said and done, Algerian athlete Amina Rouba had a golden regatta of her own, as noted on the official website of FISA:
The standout athlete was Amina Rouba of Algeria. Rouba picked up three gold medals from racing in the lightweight women’s single sculls, lightweight women’s double sculls and women’s double sculls. Rouba, 26, was Algeria’s sole rower at the London Olympic Games where she competed in the women’s single sculls finishing 26th. [To read the full write-up on the FISA website, please follow the link.]
The event reflects ongoing efforts by the governing body of World Rowing to grow the sport on the African continent, with a recent and notable example coming from the London Games in the form of Niger's Hamadou Djibo Issaka, who competed in the men's single sculls at Eton Dorney as a 'wild-card' selection (more on the above, and video from the 2012 African Olympic Qualification Regatta here).

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