This section follows the emergence of African male athletes in each of the middle and long distance events over five historical phases since 1960, from Naftali Temu’s first track gold over 10,000 metres in the 1968 Olympic Games in Mexico City through to Sammy Wansiru’s marathon gold in the Beijing Olympics in 2008.
It also follows the growth of the IAAF World Championships since 1983 with the first of Billy Konchella’s 800 metres golds in 1987, culminating in Kenenisa Bekele’s amazing 5,000 and 10,000 metres double gold medals in Berlin in 2009.
Also it traces the 47 world records broken by African athletes – commencing with Bikila’s historic marathon record in Rome in 1960 and culminating in David Rudisha’s double record over 800 metres in 2010.
The history also charts the rise of the multiple blackgold medallists: Bikila, Miruts Yfter, Kipchoge Keino, Hicham El Gerrouj and Halie Gebreselassie and the multiple record holders, Said Aouita, Henry Rono and Noredinne Morcelli.
The most prominent countries are, unsurprisingly, Kenya, Ethiopia and Morocco.