Accra - Even after playing second fiddle on the second day of the athletics competition, Team Nigeria still went ahead to top the sport’s medals table on Tuesday at the 2012 ECOWAS Games in Accra.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the performance was, however, enough for Nigeria to continue to lead the overall medals table ahead of the Games’ conclusion on Friday.
Nigeria, who are the defending champion, have 13 gold, 15 silver and five bronze, while hosts Ghana have 10 gold, nine silver and 10 bronze medals.
Team Nigeria had taken charge after Day 3 of the Games with a six gold medal-haul to lead the seven-day 11-team event.
But Nigeria faltered in two events on Tuesday to win only three gold, seven silver and two bronze medals, with hosts Ghana winning five gold, two silver and three bronze medals.
The results meant Ghana narrowed Nigeria’s lead at the top, with only three gold medals separating them and Nigeria’s medals prospects reduced as the athletics competition came to an end.
With no participation in handball and volleyball, and slim chances of winning gold in traditional wrestling and boxing, Nigeria’s title defence now appears shaky.
The Republic of Benin are a distant third with one gold and two bronze, while Niger Republic are fourth with one gold one bronze.
Togo are in fifth place with one gold, Mali sixth with one silver two bronze medals and Liberia seventh with one silver.
Sierra Leone are joint eighth with Burkina Faso and Senegal with two bronze medals each, while Cote d’Ivoire are last with no medal yet.
Competition in the other events at the Games, namely boxing, traditional wrestling, handball and volleyball are billed to end on Thursday and Friday.
The Games will end on Friday evening.