The year 2022 is closed, the African sports men and women will want to repeat the good shots during this current exercise. 2022 has been rich in individual and collective performances too. For Sport News Africa, this proposed Top 5 has written history in various disciplines.
Soufiane El Bakkali: World Champion (3000m steeplechase)
2022 will have been his year. Soufiane El Bakkali left nothing but crumbs to his competitors in the 3000m steeplechase. World champion in this distance, the Lion of the Atlas was also designated "Best African male athlete" of the year by the Confederation of African Athletics (CAA). A logical coronation since he was undefeated this year 2022. In addition to the gold at the World Championships in Eugene, El Bakkali had won the Diamond League.
Khalil Jendoubi: World No. 1 (Taekwondo)
The Tunisian Mohamed Khalil Jendoubi also, will not soon forget his year 2022. He is this season African champion in 58 kg. And to season his super exercise, Mohamed Khalil Jendoubi is even world number in the ranking with 284 points on the counter. The Italian Vito Dell'Aquila (274 pts) is in the 2nd position. The South Korean Jun Jang completes the podium with 260 points. Remember that the young fighter (20 years) had won the silver medal at the Olympic Games in Tokyo 2020.
Dame Fall: The strongest in the world (roller)
This is one of the major achievements of this year 2022 in the world roller. The Senegalese Dame Fall has (again) written his name in this discipline. During the World Championships held in Argentina, Fall made a jump of 1.79 in free jump to become the World Champion. Even better, he set a new record in the process.
Ferdinand Omanyala: African Champion (100m)
The consecration for Ferdinand Omanyala (26 years). The Kenyan sprinter has this season 2022, won the 100 m at the African Athletics Championships. This is the first title of the record holder (9s85) of Africa of the distance. In the final, Omayala had run in 9.93 seconds. As Kenya's flag bearer at the Commonwealth Games, he will once again bring honour to his country on August 3, 2022 by winning the gold medal in the 100m with a time of 10.02 seconds. He gave Kenya a second medal in these games, after Seraphino Antao's in 1962.
Sadio Mané: First everywhere (soccer)
Best African player of the year. Second in the world Ballon d'Or ranking. This has not happened to an African since George Weah won the award in 1995. Winner of the Socrates Award, Best scorer of the Senegalese national team (3 goals). Sadio Mané was really in another sphere during this year 2022.