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Damola Osayemi completes sprint double in Algiers


Damola Osayemi of Nigeria completed a sprint double at the All Africa Games on Sunday, while Botswana picked up two golds in men's field events.

Osayemi won the women's 200m in 23.21 seconds, three days after claiming gold in the 100m. Ghana's Vida Anim was second with 23.29 and Amandine Allou Affoue of Ivory Coast third with 23.44.

Botswana had wins for Gable Garenamotse in the long jump and Kabelo Kgosiemang in the high jump. Garenamotse won with a leap of 8.08m on his final attempt, while Kgosiemang cleared 2.27m with his second effort.

In men's track events, Moses Kipsiro of Uganda upset Tariku Bekele of Ethiopia to win the 5,000m with 13 minutes, 12.51 seconds. Bekele, the younger brother of Olympic 10,000m champion Kenenisa Bekele, came third with 13:13.43. Kiprono Menjo of Kenya won silver.

In the 1500m, Asbel Kiprop of Kenya surged past Algerians Antar Zerguelaine and Tarek Boukensa in the straight to win with a time of 3:38.97. Zerguelaine won silver with 3:39.04 and Boukensa bronze in 3:39.18.

Jabir Muna of Sudan ran a personal best time of 54.93 to claim gold in the women's 400m hurdles. Aissata Soulama of Burundi was second and Joke Odumosy of Nigeria third.

In other sports, strong favorite Nigeria beat South Africa 4-0 in the women's soccer final. Tunisia took bronze, winning 1-0 against Zambia in the third place match.

In the medals table Egypt and host nation Algeria were tied for gold medals with 68 each. Egypt was ahead with 58 silver medals to Algeria's 55.

Also on Sunday, organizers announced that two athletes had tested positive for banned substances and that their results would be nullified, barring any successful appeal.

Zohir Bensoltane, anti-doping head for the games, said that Blessed Udoh of Nigeria - who won a gold, a silver, and a bronze in the 48kg women's weightlifting - had tested positive for a diuretic that could be used for weight loss or masking other banned substances.

Bensoltane said Angolan swimmer Rola Nuno Nuno, who did not win any medals in the games, tested positive for an anabolic steroid.

The All Africa Games were to conclude yesterday with the men's soccer final.

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