Christine Mboma crowned BBC African Sports Personality of the Year

Namibian sprinter Christine Mboma has been voted the BBC African Sports Personality of the Year for 2021.

She was announced as the winner on Friday during BBC Focus on Africa TV and radio at 5:35pm.

The 18-year-old became the first Namibian woman to ever win an Olympic medal when taking silver in a star-studded 200m final in Tokyo last year.

Following the announcement, Mboma thanked all Namibians for the support she has always received from them.

 

“I dedicate this BBC award to all Namibians. This is a reward for all the hard work I have done,” said Mboma.

 

Mboma saw off Kenyan runners Eliud Kipchoge and Faith Kipyegon, South African para-athlete Ntando Mahlangu, Senegal goalkeeper Edouard Mendy and South African swimmer Tatjana Schoenmaker to win the award.