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Nigeria: Olympic Flops Return Today

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Team Nigeria at 2012 London Olympics Games

London — The last batch of members of Team Nigeria to the London 2012 Olympics are being expected today after a fruitless campaign at the summer Games.

Nigeria took part in Table Tennis, Boxing, Taekwondo, Basketball, Weightlifting, Wrestling and Athletics and 51 athletes were taken to London, none won a medal.

Before their departure, hopes were raised as some of the athletes, particularly the likes of Blessing Okagbare (100m, 4x100m relay and Long Jump) and Chika Chukwumerije in taekwondo had shown glimpses of world class athletes Nigerians could bank on.

The Women's 4X400 relay team, the Wrestlers, weightlifters and the table tennis teams were all touted to be medal hopefuls.

When competition began in London, the table tennis players and boxers were the first set of athletes to return from the games. Since their early exit, things never looked up for Team Nigeria as the entire contingent fell in quick succession to better prepared athletes of other competing countries.

As they return today, there will be calls for an inquest as to why the country performed so woefully at the quadrennial games.

Country Gold Silver Bronze Total

1 USA 46 29 29 104

2 China 38 27 12 87

3 Great Britain 29 17 19 65

4 Russia 24 25 33 82

5 Germany 11 19 14 44

6 Japan 7 14 17 38

7 Australia 7 16 12 35

8 France 11 11 12 34

9 South Korea 13 8 7 28

10 Italy 8 9 11 28

11 Kazakhstan 6 0 3 9

12 Japan 5 14 15 34

13 Netherlands 5 5 8 18

14 Iran 4 4 1 9

15 New Zealand 4 3 5 12

16 North Korea 4 0 1 5

17 Jamaica 3 4 3 10

18 Belarus 3 3 4 9

19 Cuba 3 3 3 9

20 Ukraine 3 1 6 10

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