IM Robert Gwaze of Zimbabwe won the gold medal for his board one performance at the 2002 Chess Olympiad in Bled, Slovenia. The medal winners at board one were of distinguished company:
Gold: IM Robert Gwaze, Zimbabwe 100%
Silver: GM Alberto David, Luxembourg 84.6 %
Bronze: GM Mohamad Al-Modiahki, Qatar 83.3%
In addition, to the praise for the games he played in the Olympiad, he has also brought a sense of intrigue of those wanting to know more about African chess. At france-echecs.com, there was a discussion about whether he made a GM performance. One person posted saying he had to have played three GMs… and of course there are ELO rating requirements. While Gwaze did not earn a GM norm, his 9-0 score yielded a meteoric 2690 performance rating!