Team Nigeria ranked eight on the medal list at the just concluded 2018 Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, Australia, with the hosts sitting comfortably atop the list.
The team amassed a total of 24 medals; 9 gold, 9 silver, and 6 bronze medals to secure the second best position among African nations behind South Africa who placed sixth overall with 13 gold, 11 silver, and 13 bronze medals.
Chukwuebuka Enekwechi clinched the nation’s first medal in the competition by coming second in the male shot put final on Day 5. Odunayo Adekuoroye won the first gold medal for the country in the women’s wrestling freestyle 57kg by defeating India’s Pooja Dhanda 7-5 on points. The team’s final medal was captured by Aruna Quadri when he lost to Ning Gao of Singapore at the final of the men’s singles table tennis event.
Speaking on the team’s performance at the event, Minister of Sports, Solomon Dalung hailed the performance of the team, saying that the team could have performed better if certain measures were put in place. According to Dalung: ” I thank you very much for making us proud. We have done a comparative analysis and looked at the size of our contingent when we went to Glasgow. How many sports we competed in and how much money was voted? These are the factors which will confirm whether we have done better here or not. From the average knowledge of what I have, we have done better here than what we did in Glasgow.”
However, the nation’s medal haul of 24 was significantly lower than the 36 acquired at the previous event in Glasgow, Scotland four years ago.
The games which ran from April 4 – April 15 featured 71 nations with 4,426 competing at 275 events in 19 sports. Host nation Australia ranked first with 198 medals, England came next with 136 medals and India rounding up the top three with 66 medals.