Boukpeti - Africa's head of the river wins bronze medal
In Athens, Benjamin Boukpeti was the first canoeist to represent Africa at the Olympic Games. In Beijing, he planned on becoming the first to win a medal and he made it. Boukpeti, an Olympic Solidarity scholarship holder, won the bronze medal. It was the first medal Togo has ever won at an Olympic Games. “I don’t really know yet what this represents for the country. I just tried my best and paddled very, very hard”, he said after the medal course. For the Beijing Olympic Games, Olympic Solidarity awarded a total of 1,088 scholarships to 166 National Olympic Committees in 21 individual Olympic sports.