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Africa’s week in pictures: 30 July-5 August 2021

A selection of the best photos from Africa’s week dominated by the Olympics:

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image captionEse Brume wins Nigeria’s first medal of the Tokyo Olympic Games on Tuesday, taking bronze in the long jump.

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image captionThe day before, Nigeria’s women’s basketball team lost 83-102 to host nation Japan in the preliminary stages.

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image captionOn Saturday, Marie-Josée Ta Lou of Ivory Coast (in orange) powers through the 100m semi-final to win a place in the final, where she finished fourth.

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image captionOn Monday, Egyptian diver Mohab Ishak takes to the springboard in the preliminary rounds of the men’s 3m class.

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image captionTunisian volleyballers take on the Russian Olympic Committee the day before, losing all three sets.

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image captionCameroonian weightlifter Clementine Meukeugni Noumbissi finishes 11th in the women’s 87kg event on Monday.

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image captionAnd on the same day, Morocco’s Soufiane El Bakkali (L) triumphs in the Olympic men’s 3,000m steeplechase – ending Kenya’s 41-year unbeaten run.

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image captionMore African sporting history is made on Thursday as Hugues Fabrice Zango wins Burkina’s Faso very first Olympic medal – a bronze in the triple jump.

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image captionIn the women’s freestyle 68kg wrestling on Monday, Nigeria’s Blessing Oborududu defeats Elis Manolova of Azerbaijan, before going on to claim Olympic silver.

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image captionUS-born Nigerian shot-putter Chukwuebuka Enekwechi finishes last in the event on Thursday. He caused a storm online when he shared a video of himself hand-washing his Olympic kit, saying he had only been provided with one set.

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image captionThe 800m gold goes to Emmanuel Kipkurui Korir of Kenya on Wednesday…

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image captionWhile teammate Ferguson Rotich finishes in second place.

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image captionThere is a moment of disbelief for South Africa’s Tatjana Schoenmaker as she breaks the women’s 200m world record for breaststroke on Friday.

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image captionPeruth Chemutai becomes the first Ugandan woman ever to win an Olympic gold medal on Wednesday – triumphing in the 3,000m steeplechase.

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image captionOn Friday, Ethiopia Selemon Brega celebrates victory in the 10,000m, finishing ahead of Ugandans Joshua Cheptegei and Jacob Kiplimo.

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image captionAnd 19-year-old Christine Mboma stuns as she comes second in the 200m final, just weeks after switching to the distance from the 400m. Her success means she is first Namibian woman ever to win an Olympic medal.

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