As the 2012 Paralympic Games rounded off in London on Sunday, no fewer than 10 African countries made the medals table, winning a total of 112 medals over the 11 days of the Games, Aug. 29 to Sept . 9.
African nations’ performance at the Games represented a marginal improvement over their performance at the last Paralympic Games in Beijing, China, in 2008, where only eight nations made the medals table.
The 10 African countries notched up 112 medals, made up of 38 gold, 36 silver and 38 bronze medals.
Nigeria, which led Africa’s medals table from the beginning of the games, was beaten to the third place by Tunisia.
Tunisia, now Africa’s number one at the end of the Paralympic Games, won 19 medals – nine gold, five silver and five bronze, to beat South Africa, which had 25 medals – eight gold, 12 silver and seven bronze medals – to the second position.
Nigeria, which placed third with 13 medals over all, had six gold, five silver and two bronze.
Nigeria, however, ended up the Games’ overall number one winners of the Power lifting event, from where it won 12 of its 13 medals.
Algeria placed fourth with a total of 19 medals – (4-6-9), Egypt had 15 (4-4-7), Morocco (3-0-3), Kenya (2-2-2),
Others are: Namibia (1-1-0), Angola (1-0-1) and Ethiopia (0-1-0).