The 2020/21 Olympic Games are here, so I want to share some Black sportswomen to watch from around the world. Especially athletes from countries and in sports that I don't normally hear about or can easily watch.
Of course, I’m excited to see what many Black women athletes do in track & field, basketball & football. But I also want to advantage of this opportunity to watch sports I don’t typically watch – like judo & boxing.
Below are some athletes and delegations to watch. For each, I linked an article or where to find more information on each athlete along with their next competition date, if it was available.
Brazil (Júlia Belas) – watch our conversation here
Etiene Medeiros - swimming, women’s 50 freestyle (July 30)
Formiga - football (July 24)
Jucielen Romeu - featherweight boxing (July 26)
Ludmila - football (July 24)
Nigeria, Kenya, Somalia (Janine Anthony)
Ese Brume - long jump
Blessing Okagbare - 100m, 200m, 4x100
Odunayo Adekuoroye - wrestling
Tobi Amusan - 100m hurdles
^ These three have been named the three Nigerian women most likely to medal. Take a look at the full Nigerian delegation for the Olympics.
Ramla Ali - featherweight boxing (July 26)
Brigid Kosgei - women’s marathon world record holder
Ruth Chepngetich - set record in half marathon, another favorite in marathon
^ Majority of Kenya’s delegation this year features sportswomen, including rugby, volleyball and taekwondo athletes. Take a look at the Kenya delegation at the Olympics.
Christine Ongare (Kenya, flyweight) - July 25
Catherine Nanziri (Uganda, flyweight boxing) - first Ugandan boxer at Olympics
Sharon Chepchumba (Kenya, volleyball) - July 25
Barbra Banda (Zambia, football) - July 25
Uganda at a glance: The country sent 13 women to the Olympics, mostly in track & field but one each in rowing, swimming, and boxing.
While most – almost all – of Jamaica’s women Olympians this year in track & field, Ebony Drysdale-Daley (judo, July 28), Danusia Francis (gymnastics, July 25) and Alia Atkinson (swimming, July 25) are three to watch.
Hope this was helpful and sparked some ideas for any events or athletes to watch over the next month. If you like this post, share it with a friend.