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The women to watch at the Tokyo Olympics

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The Tokyo 2020 Olympic games are well underway and these are a few of the stars competing for glory and gold.

Tatjana Schoenmaker

South African swimmer Tatjana Schoenmaker landed South Africa’s first medal at the 2020 Olympic Games when she won the silver medal in the 100-metre breaststroke.

Somalian professional boxer, model, author and racial equality activist Ramla Ali is one to watch. She is the first male or female Somali boxer in history to compete at the Tokyo Olympic Games and the first female to become a professional boxer.

Melissa Williams

Professional skateboarder from Cape Town South Africa will be representing the nation at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics. She is a South African skateboarding champion and no stranger to landing gold medals.

Letesenbet Gidey

Ethiopian long-distance runner and world record holder, Letesenbet Gidey, will be defending her titles at the Tokyo Olympics. Letesenbet set the world records for the 5000 m and 10,000 m events in October 2020 and June 2021.

Allyson Felix

American track and field sprinter Allyson Felix is on her way to becoming the most decorated track and field athlete in Olympic history. Felix specialises in the 200-meter sprint, 400-meter sprint later in her career and also participates in the 100 meters, 4x100 meter relay, and 4x400 meter relay.

Dominique Scott-Efurd

Five-time National Collegiate Athletic Association Championship winner and South African long-distance runner, Dominique Scott-Efurd, will be representing the nation in the 5000 m and 10,000m finals.

Dina Asher-Smith

Geraldina “Dina” Asher-Smith is a British sprinter and the fastest British woman in recorded history. She has also been listed as one of the UK's most influential people of African/African Caribbean descent.

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