JOHANNESBURG: MOST African nations have found the going tough at the ongoing 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games with medals proving hard to come by.
By the time of going to press on Wednesday, only two African nations, namely the continent’s sporting power-house, South Africa and traditional long distance running nation, Kenya made it to the top 10 of the Commonwealth Games medals table.
Nonetheless, despite retaining a place in the top 10, South Africa are slowly slipping away as evidenced by their disposal from an impressive fourth position on Tuesday to seventh.
Kenya, has on the other hand been impressive, rising up from a lowly 17th to 10th after a medals haul since the beginning of the week including a memorable 10 000 metre women’s race as the country occupied the podium position.
Joyce Chepkirui finished ahead of silver medallist, Florence Kiplagat and bronze winner Emily Chebet to claim gold. The East African nation has amassed four gold, four silver and a bronze.
South Africa managed a total of 26 medals comprising nine gold, seven silver and 10 bronze while Nigeria, who on Tuesday were on 10th position were pushed down to 12th. Despite boasting a total of 14 medals, Nigeria’s medals are mainly bronze and silver.
To date, Nigeria managed to collect three gold medals, five silver and six bronze respectively. Cameroon are on 15th position with a total of five medals which comprises a gold, two silver and two bronze while 20th placed Mozambique managed a gold medal.
The Commonwealth Games is an international, multi-sport event involving athletes from the Commonwealth of Nations, formerly British colonies. The event was first held in 1930, and, with the exception of 1942 and 1946, which were cancelled due to World War II, has taken place every four years since then.
The games are the third largest multi-sport event in the world, after the Olympic Games and the Asian Games. A total of 16 African nations are participating in this year’s edition in Scotland.
SOURCE: CAJ NEWS AGENCY