Nigeria at the 2003 All-Africa Games

Nigeria competed in the 2003 All-Africa Games held at the National Stadium in the city of Abuja. It was the eighth time that the country had taken part in the games and expectations were high for the competitors as they were playing on home soil. 2003 was the second time that Nigeria hosted the games, as the 1973 All-Africa Games had been held in Lagos thirty years before. The country did extremely well and achieved a commanding first place in the medal table. The team left with a total of 240 medals, of which 85 were gold medals and 90 silver, a tally that remained unmatched until 2019.

Nigeria at the
2003 All-Africa Games
Flag of Nigeria.svg
IOC codeNGR
NOCNigerian Olympic Committee
in Abuja
5 October 2003 (2003-10-05) – 17 October 2003 (2003-10-17)
Competitors303 (164 men and 139 women)
Medals
Ranked 1st
Gold
85
Silver
90
Bronze
65
Total
240
All-Africa Games appearances (overview)
Youth appearances

CompetitorsEdit

Nigeria fielded a team of 303 athletes at the games, far more than any other nation. Of these, 164 were men and 139 women.[1] Amongst the games records that were broken were a time of 9.95 for Deji Aliu in the 100 metres and a put of 18.12 metres (19.82 yards) by Vivian Chukwuemeka. Mary Onyali-Omagbemi, whose medal tally before the games included gold at the 1994 Commonwealth Games and multiple honours at previous Africa Games, added to her total in the 100 and 200 metres, as well as participating in the 4×100 m relay team that broke the game record with a time of 43.04.[2] Within the team games, there were also individual achievements. Godwin Unegbe achieved the highest number of points in the basketball tournament.[3] In baseball, Jimmy Kolawale led the field in runs and was named best hitter of the games.[4] In chess, Odion Aikhoje and Bunmi Olape both performed well, achieving medals at the second and third boards respectively.[5]

Medal summaryEdit

Nigeria won 240 medals in total, substantially more than in previous years and more than the total in the previous two competitions combined. This was the highest number of medals won in the competition until 2019, when the record was beaten by Egypt.[6]

Medal tableEdit

Sport Gold Silver Bronze Total
  Athletics 13 14 6 33
  Badminton 3 4 3 10
  Baseball 0 1 0 1
  Basketball 1 0 1 2
  Boxing 4 3 0 1
  Chess 0 0 1 1
  Cycling 1 0 0 1
  Field hockey 0 1 0 1
  Football 1 1 0 2
  Gymnastics 0 0 0 0
  Handball 0 0 1 1
  Judo 0 0 4 4
  Karate 0 2 2 4
  Softball 0 1 0 1
  Squash 0 0 0 0
  Swimming 0 1 1 2
  Table tennis 6 4 4 14
  Taekwondo 0 2 3 5
  Volleyball 0 0 1 1
  Weightlifting 7 9 3 19
  Wrestling 9 2 3 14
Total 85 90 65 240

List of MedalistsEdit

Gold MedalEdit

Medal Name Sport Event Date Ref
  Gold Deji Aliu Athletics Men's 100m [7]
  Gold Mary Onyali-Omagbemi Athletics Women's 100m [7]
  Gold Uchenna Emedolu Athletics Men's 200m [8]
  Gold Mary Onyali-Omagbemi Athletics Women's 200m [7]
  Gold Grace Ebor Athletics Women's 800m [7]
  Gold Angela Atede Athletics Women's 100m hurdles [7]
  Gold Osita Okeagu Athletics Men's 400m hurdles [7]
  Gold Omolade Akinremi Athletics Women's 400m hurdles [7]
  Gold Nkeka Ukuh Athletics Women's high jump [7]
  Gold Esther Aghatise Athletics Women's long jump [7]
  Gold Vivian Chukwuemeka Athletics Women's shot put [7]
  Gold Chinedu Odozor
Emem Edem
Endurance Ojokolo
Mary Onyali-Omagbemi
Athletics Women's 4 × 100 metres relay [7]
  Gold Bisi Afolabi
Doris Jacob
Glory Nwosu
Rosemary Onochie
Athletics Women's 4 × 400 metres relay [7]
  Gold Ocholi Edicha Badminton Men’s singles [9]
  Gold Grace Daniel Badminton Women’s singles [10]
  Gold Ibrahim Adamu
Orobosa Okuonghae
Badminton Men’s doubles [9]
  Gold Aisha Mohammed
Alaba Rafiu
Bola Solaja
Ezinne James
Funmilayo Ojelabi
Juliana Negedu
Mactabene Amachree
Mary Chinweokwu
Mfon Udoka
Nguveren Ivorhe
Patricia Chukwuma
Shola Ogunade
Basketball Women’s basketball [11]
  Gold Ahmed Sadiq Boxing 60 kg [12]
  Gold Davidson Emenogu Boxing 64 kg [12]
  Gold Emmanuel Izonritei Boxing 91 kg [12]
  Gold Gbenga Oloukun Boxing +91 kg [12]
  Gold Ego Uzoho Cycling Women’s time trial [13]
  Gold Nigeria women's national football team Football Women’s [14]
  Gold Tajudeen Agunbiade Table tennis Men's open standing [15]
  Gold Chinedu Njoku Table tennis Men's open sitting [15]
  Gold Maimuna Habib Table tennis Women's open standing [15]
  Gold Funke Oshonaike
Monday Merotohun
Table tennis Mixed doubles [15]
  Gold Bode Abiodun
Kazeem Nosiru
Monday Merotohun
Moses Toriola
Peter Akinlabi
Table tennis Men’s team [15]
  Gold Bosede Kaffo
Cecilia Ottu
Edem Offiong
Funke Oshonaike
Table tennis Women’s team [15]
  Gold Patience Lawal Weightlifting Women’s 53 kg [16]
  Gold Gbenga Oluponna Weightlifting Men’s 56 kg [16]
  Gold Akwa Etineabasi Weightlifting Men’s 62 kg [16]
  Gold Ruel Ishaku Weightlifting Men’s Powerlifting 48 kg [16]
  Gold Sadiq Animashaw Weightlifting Men’s Powerlifting 56 kg [16]
  Gold Lucy Ejike Weightlifting Women’s Powerlifting 56 kg [16]
  Gold Solomon Amarakuo Weightlifting Men’s Powerlifting 100 kg [16]
  Gold Isaac Jacob Wrestling Men’s 55 kg [17]
  Gold Happiness Burutu Wrestling Women’s 63 kg [18]

Silver MedalEdit

Medal Name Sport Event Date Ref

Bronze MedalEdit

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See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

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