Commonwealth Games: Nigeria records her highest gold medal in history
- Nigeria finishes top-ranked African country in Birmingham
NEWS DIGEST – The 2022 Commonwealth Games came to an end on Sunday night, with Nigeria recording her highest gold medals of twelve won at once in the competition, an increase of one since the country first made her appearance in the Commonwealth Games.
Nigeria won three gold medals on the last day of the competition, with Tosin Amusan clinching an expected gold in the Women’s 100m Hurdle to set a new Games Record clocking a time of 12.30 seconds on Sunday morning.
Meanwhile, the quartet of Tobi Amusan, Favour Ofili, Rosemary Chukwuma, and Grace Nwokocha ran a new African Record of 42.10s to win gold in the Women’s 4x100m while Ese Brume increased Team Nigeria’s gold medals in the second round of the final day, leaping a new Games Record of 7.0m to win gold in the Women’s long jump final.
Also on the last of the competition, the Team Nigeria Nigerian quartet of Udodi Onwuzuruike, Favour Ashe, Alaba Akintola, and Raymond Ekevwo ran 38.81s to clinch the Bronze medal in the Men’s 4X100M, Elizabeth Oshoba won a Silver medal for Nigeria in the Women’s Boxing over 54kg – 57kg Featherweight.
Team Nigeria finished the 2022 Commonwealth Games on a very positive note, winning 35 medals in total including 12 gold medals, all of which were won by women athletes, 9 silver medals, and 14 bronze medals to place 7th on the overall medals ranking.
Nigeria is also the highest ranked African country on the medals standings, with South Africa placing second with a total of 27 medals, which includes 7 gold medals, 9 silver medals, and 11 bronze medals, while Kenya is the third-ranked African at the competition earning 6 gold medals, 5 silver medals, and 10 bronze medals, making 21 medals in total.
The perennial multi-sports event came to a close in Birmingham, United Kingdom, with Australia, England, and Canada occupying the first three positions on the medals ranking 174 medals, 166 medals, and 91 medals respectively.