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…As Team Nigeria finish 9th in final standings



…As Team Nigeria finish 9th in final standings

Team Nigeria won nine gold, nine silver and six bronze medals to finish in the ninth position on the final medal table as the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games ended yesterday. The result represents a slope for Team Nigeria who finished at eighth position at the last edition of the games in 2014 in Glasgow, Scotland.

The total 24 medals won was 12 also short of the 36 medals bagged at the last edition of the games where Team Nigeria won 11 gold, 11 silver and 14 bronze medals. Expectedly, South Africa was the highest placed African team as they finished in the sixth position with a total haul of 37 medals comprising 13 gold, 11 silver and 13 bronze medals. Kenya were 14th with four gold, seven silver, six bronze, Uganda placed 15th with three gold, one silver, two bronze, while Botswana occupied the 16th position with three gold, one silver, one bronze.

Namibia with two gold ended in 19th position. Cameroon who had one silver and two bronze finished in the 32nd position, Mauritius were in joint-34th position with one silver while Ghana and Seychelles who only won one bronze, were joint-39th in the medal table. Hosts Australia, were the overall winners after amassing 80 gold, 59 silver, 59 bronze to bring their medals total to 198. England, who were champions at the 2014 edition, came second with 45 gold, 45 silver, 46 bronze, India clinched third spot with 26 gold, 20 silver, 20 bronze. Canada came fourth with 15 gold, 40 silver, 27 bronze and New Zealand finished fifth after securing 15 gold, 16 silver and 15 bronze medals. The next edition of the Commonwealth Games in 2022, will be hosted in Birmingham, England, from July 27 to August 7.

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