As the 22nd Commonwealth Games in Birmingham, United Kingdom came to a close on Sunday, Team Nigeria had its best performance in the quadrennial competition, winning 12 gold medals, 9 silver medals, and 14 bronze medals.
Finishing seventh on the tournament’s medal log, Team Nigeria which topped the list of African teams on the medal table above South Africa, Kenya and Uganda had an impressive run at the just concluded.
Team Nigeria got 11 more medals than it had at the 2018 edition of the Commonwealth games where it finished second behind South Africa that scooped 37 medals.
Oluwatobiloba Amusan, the women’s 100-meter hurdles world record holder, made history on Sunday by becoming the second sprint hurdler to successfully defend her championship after winning it in Gold Coast, Australia, four years earlier.
The Nigerian women’s 4x100m relay team, which included Amusan, Favour Ofili, Rosemary Chukwuma, and Grace Nwokocha, made history at the Alexander Stadium in Birmingham by winning the first women’s relay gold medal in the Commonwealth Games in 28 years a mere two and a half hours after Ms Amusan had triumphed in the sprint barrier event.
President Muhammadu Buhari praised the 94 deserving ambassadors who proudly carried the Nigerian flag in nine athletic events in response to Team Nigeria’s unprecedented success at the competition.
‘‘We are proud of these achievements and the memories will linger with the nation forever and for me this is a special moment and a fitting parting gift, being my last Commonwealth Games as Head of State,” Mr Buhari in a statement by Femi Adesina said.