- 1973 All-Africa Games
2nd All-Africa Gameswere played from January 7 1973to January 18 1973in Lagos, Nigeria.
After the success of the first African Games, the organizing bodies awarded the second games to
Bamako, Malito be held in 1969. A military coup disrupted the plans and the organizers moved the games to Lagos, Nigeriato be held in 1971. The games were postponed once again and finally opened in January 1973. A torch was lit in Brazzavillea week before the games and transported to Lagosas a symbol of the continuity of the games.
Security again was very tight at the games. This time in response to the massacre of Israeli athletes at the Munich Olympic Games just four short months before.
Sports heroes from around the world including
Abebe Bikila, Pelé, Muhammad Ali, and Jesse Owenswere invited to attend the opening ceremonies. Ben Jipcho, Kenya's 3000 meter silver medalist at the Munich Olympics, tied the world record in the steeplechase with a run of 8:20.8. Tanzania's newcomer Filbert Bayistunned the veteran favorite Kip Keinoin the 1500 meters in 3:37.18.
African nations continued to put pressure on
South Africawhich was not invited to participate due to their apartheid policies.
"Host country in bold."
Only one athlete defended his title from the 1965 Games, namely Malian discus thrower
Namakoro Niaré. Three athletes, one male and two female, won more than one event:
Ohene Karikari, Ghana (100 metres and 200 metres men)
Alice Annum, Ghana (100 metres and 200 metres women)
Modupe Oshikoya, Nigeria (high jump, long jump and 100m hurdles)
Several women's events was added. These were
200 metres, 400 metres, 800 metres, 1500 metres, discus throw, shot putand 4 x 400 metres relay.
Nagui Asaadwon his first Gold medal in Shot Put of the All Africa Games, 1973, Nigeria, and then he went to win a second time in 1978, Algeria[ [http://www.gbrathletics.com/ic/afg.htm All-Africa Games ] ] , He also was the Silver medallist in Discuss throw of the All Africa Games, 1973[ [http://www.gbrathletics.com/ic/afg.htm All-Africa Games ] ]
The soccer tournament was won by the host country Nigeria.
* [http://www.gbrathletics.com/ic/afg.htm Athletics results - gbrathletics.com]
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