Daily Trust (Abuja)

21 June 2012

West Africa: Nigeria Rules West Africa Athletics

Ghana — Team Nigeria has again underlined its status as the West African sub-region' athletics champions after all athletics event were concluded at the ongoing ECOWAS Games in Accra, Ghana on Tuesday.

The Nigerian contingent won the highest number of medals in the sport at the games to maintain its position in the sub-region.

Team Nigeria had also dominated the sport at the last edition of the Games held in September 2010 in Abuja.

In the male category, Nigeria edged out Ghana after winning six gold, six silver and three bronze medals.

Also, Nigeria picked up the award in the female category having garnered seven gold, nine silver and two bronze medals at the athletic events.

In the individual category, Nigeria's sprinter, Jonattan Nmaju bagged the Best Athlete award for his exploits for the Nigerian team.

He won medals in the 100m, 200m and was phenomenal in all the group events he participated in.

However, Amonsah Janet snatched the Best Female Athlete award, making her the only Ghanaian with an award.

Meanwhile, at the end of proceedings on Tuesday, Nigeria remained at the top of the medals table.

Nigeria added a gold medal each in 200m (M), 4x400m (W) and Javelin to make a total of thirteen gold medals haul.

The country also increased her tally in silver and bronze medals to 15 and 5 respectively to make a total of 33 medals.

Ghana follows closely with 10 gold, nine silver and 10 bronze medals to make a total of 29.

Benin Republic, Niger Republic and Togo all have a gold medal each but Benin sits third on the table because of her two bronze medals. Niger only has one medal.

The medals table remains the same until today as no final games took place yesterday.

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