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12th African Games: Nigeria moves to second spot as medals increase to 103 [See medals table]

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12th African Games: Nigeria moves to second spot as medals increase to 103 [See medals table]

Team Nigeria has continued to garner gold medals in wrestling, athletics, boxing and even canoeing to move up to the second spot on the overall medals table at the ongoing 12th African Games in Morocco.

Nigeria, as of Thursday night, had gathered a total of 103 medals (40 gold, 28 silver and 35 bronze medals).

South Africa, who were previously occupying the second position, have now dropped to third as the curtain is set to drop on this edition of the African Games.

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Nigeria’s biggest harvest of gold medals on Thursday came from wrestling where the country won all but one of the six gold medals on offer to reaffirm her supremacy in the sport on the continent.

Reigning African Games gold medalists, Blessing Oborududu (68kg), Odunayo Adekuoroye (57kg), Mercy Genesis (50kg) and Aminat Adeniyi (62kg), were all impressive as they retained their titles, as well as African Champion Blessing Onyebuchi (76kg), while 2018 African champion Bose Samuel (53kg) settled for silver after losing to Cameroon’s Essombe Joseph 2-4 in the final.

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The five gold-medalists did not concede a point in their respective final bouts.

Going into the last day of action before the closing ceremony on Saturday, Egypt are home and dry in the first position on the overall medals table with a massive 79 gold 87 silver and 63 bronze medals.

It would also take a miracle for South Africa, who currently have eight gold medals less than Nigeria, to return to the second position as most of the games where they have medal prospects have been concluded.

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