Paralympics: Nigeria takes 22nd position

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China won the Paralympics with 95 gold medals.

Despite a strong start, Nigeria eventually came third among the African nations that participated in the London Paralympics, which ended on Sunday.

Nigeria led at the beginning of 2012 Paralympic Games medals table, but Tunisia and South Africa toppled her standing and emerged first and second respectively. Nigeria came 22nd in the overall table, while Tunisia and South Africa took the 14th and 18th position respectively.

No fewer than ten African countries made the medals table, winning a total of 112 medals over 11 days of the games held from August 29 to September 9.

The medals include of 38 gold medals, 36 silver medals and 38 bronze medals.

Tunisia won19 medals, consisting of 9 gold, 5 silver, and 5 bronze; while South Africa won 25 medals, consisting 8 gold, 12 silver and 7 bronze. Nigeria won 13 medals, made up of 6 gold, 5 silver and 2 bronze.

Nigeria, however, emerged the overall winner in the Power-lifting event, from where it won 12 of its 13 medals. Nigeria’s performance was slightly short of her record at the Paralympics, secured in Barcelona’ 92, where Nigeria won seven gold medals.

The performance of the African nations at the Games showed a marginal improvement over their performance at the 2008 Paralympics Games in Beijing, China, where only eight countries from the continent made the medals table.

Other African countries that participated in the games were Algeria, which came fourth with a total of 19 medals (four gold, six silver, and nine bronze), Egypt had 15 medals (four gold, four silver seven bronze); and Morocco was sixth with six medals (three gold, three bronze). Kenya won six medals (two gold, two silver, two bronze); Namibia won two medals (one gold and one silver); Angola, one gold and one bronze; and Ethiopia went home with only one silver.

China won the competition with 95 gold medals; Russia came second with 35 gold medals, while the host, Great Britain, came third with 34 gold medals.

With agency reports.