Asaba 2018: Kenya wins 11 gold to emerge overall champion
Nigeria women relay team
London, August 5, 2018 (AltAfrica)-With a total haul of six gold medals on Sunday, the last day of the African Senior Athletics Championship, Team Kenya pulled an upset over South Africa and host Nigeria to emerge the overall champion at Asaba 2018.
The East Africans finished strongly on the final day ending the championship with eleven Gold, six Silver and two Bronze medals.
South Africa who led the medals chart until the last day for most of the events settled for second place with nine gold, 13 silver and eight bronze medals. Team Nigeria had a total medal haul of nine gold, five silver and five bronze medals.
Although, Team Nigeria ended their campaign on a blistering note at the 21st Senior Athletics Championships, winning three gold medals on the final day of action at the Stephen Keshi Stadium in Asaba, Delta State, the host country came a close third on the medals chart.
The last set of gold medals for Nigeria came in the Triple Jump Event, 400m Women’s Hurdles Event and the 4x400m Women’s Relay event.
Though Nigeria won a silver medal in the 200m event and two more bronze medals in the javelin men and 4x400m men’s event it was not enough to give Nigeria a better finish in the biennial athletics championships.
The hosts finished third overall on the medals table same way it was at the last edition in Durban 2016. Morocco and Ethiopia completed the list of the top five teams.
For the first time in the history of the African championships, athletes from Nigeria and other African countries will not just go home with their medals, but with monetary reward.
The Local Organizing Committee of the 2018 African Senior Athletics Championship on Sunday revealed prize money for athletes who won medals in Asaba.
Speaking in Asaba, LOC Chairman Solomon Ogba announced that athletes who won gold medal will get a cash prize of $3,000 each.
Ogba added that silver medalists will be rewarded with $2,000, while bronze medalists will smile home with $1,000.
Over 120 medals were won at the 2018 African Senior Athletics Championship, tagged Asaba 2018.
The next edition of the championship will be taking place in Algeria.