Nigeria scoops 7 gold medals in a day to leapfrog Ghana on African Games medal table

Nigeria finally announced themselves at the ongoing 2023 African Games when they won seven gold medals on Sunday, February 10, 2024.

Nigeria scoops 7 gold medals in a day to leapfrog Ghana on African Games medal table

This saw them leapfrog West African rivals and hosts Ghana, who had beaten them to pick up a gold medal first at the Games.

Ghanaian weightlifter Winnifred Ntumi picked up a gold medal in the women’s overall 49kg category on Sunday, along with two silver medals in the 49kg snatch and in the clear and jerk.

This took Ghana’s total medals to four earlier on Sunday and the gold medal propelled the country above rivals Nigeria.

However, Nigeria came back strongly later in the day when they won seven straight gold medals in badminton and weightlifting.

All of the country’s six representatives in the women’s wrestling categories won gold medals, while Anuoluwapo Opeyori also secured gold in the men’s badminton singles.

Nigeria are now fourth overall on the African Games medal table, with a total of 26 medals – seven goals, seven silver and 12 bronze.

Meanwhile, Egypt continues to lead the medal table with 66 medals, followed by South Africa and Algeria with 29 and 39 medals respectively (South Africa are second despite having less medals than Algeria because of their superior gold medals).

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