African Games: Top 10 Countries With The Most Gold Medals, Egypt and Nigeria Lead

African Games: Top 10 Countries With The Most Gold Medals, Egypt and Nigeria Lead

Godwin Nii Armah Tagoe
March 25, 2024 at 8:14 AM
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  • Team Egypt took the 13th African Games by storm, dominating the gold medal chart
  • The North Africans won a staggering 191 medals, including 102 by the way of golds
  • Here is a ranking of the top 10 countries with the most gold at the just-ended Games

The 13th African Games, which unfolded in Accra, Ghana, reached a thrilling conclusion on Saturday, March 23, marking the culmination of a riveting display of sporting excellence across 29 selected disciplines.

Drawing an estimated 5,000 elite athletes and coaches from 55 African nations, the event emerged as a pinnacle of multisport prowess on the continent, infused with vibrant cultural and artistic elements showcased in the captivating opening and closing ceremonies.

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Egypt leads the top 10 ranking of the most gold medals at the African Games, ahead of the likes of Nigeria and Ghana. Photos by Fadel Senna, Nipah Dennis and Monirul Bhuiyan.
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Egypt dominate at 13th African Games

Egypt emerged as the undeniable powerhouse of the competition, clinching a staggering total of 191 medals, overshadowing their closest rivals, Nigeria, who secured 121 medals to claim the second spot.

From the onset, the North African contingent showcased their dominance, particularly excelling in indoor sports such as table tennis and swimming, where they rivalled South Africa for gold.

Despite Egypt's dominance, Team Nigeria's track sensation, Tobi Amusan, shone brightly to secure two gold medals in her signature event, the 100-metre hurdles, and contributed to her nation's victory in the 4x100m women's relay.

While West African nations displayed strength in disciplines like boxing, wrestling, and badminton, they were not immune to Egypt's formidable performances.

Host nation, Ghana, initially faced challenges but gradually asserted their presence, achieving their highest-ever medal tally in African Games history, amassing a total of 68 medals.

In reflection, Sports Brief presents an overview of the top 10 nations based on gold medal count following the conclusion of the competition.

Egypt lead top 10 nations with most gold

Egypt, Nigeria, and South Africa secured the top three positions in terms of total gold medals at the event, as noted by the African Games.

Following closely were Algeria, Tunisia, and Ghana. Morocco, Ethiopia, Mauritius, and Kenya shared nine gold medals among them.

In which disciplines did Egypt receive gold medals?

Team Egypt's 191 medals are dominated by an impressive 102 golds, making up 53.40% of their total haul.

Their prowess in arm wrestling saw them secure 14 golds, surpassing competitors like Nigeria and Ghana. They clinched 27 golds in weightlifting, 11 more than the nearest competitor.

Egypt also excelled in chess, claiming five out of six available golds. Additionally, they topped the charts in karate and wrestling, each with 10 golds, before adding more in various other events.

What about Nigeria?

On the other hand, Team Nigeria accumulated a total of 47 gold medals, per Daily Post, with six earned in wrestling, 16 in weightlifting, and an additional eight in boxing.

However, in athletics, the West African nation truly shone, securing an impressive 11 gold medals and emerging as the top-performing nation in this discipline, with a cumulative tally of 37 golds.

How about Ghana?

Although Ghana secured a distant sixth position overall with their highest-ever medal count of 68, they still managed to crack the top 10 in the gold medal ranking.

Out of their 19 gold medals, eight were earned in arm wrestling, four in boxing, three in athletics, with an additional two golds in football. They also claimed one gold each in weightlifting and hockey.

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Michael Johnson enthralled by African Games

Sports Brief also reported that former world record holder in the men's 200-meter race, Michael Johnson, was enthralled by the African Games during the 13th edition.

The American sprint legend, renowned for his exceptional speed, especially admired the intense rivalry between Team Nigeria and Team Ghana in the men's 4x100m relay final.

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Godwin Nii Armah Tagoe is a Ligue 1, Bundesliga, and La Liga editor with five-year experience. He previously worked with Sports Corna and 360SportsGH.
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