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Nigeria’s Memorable Feats At The Commonwealth Games

Nigeria’s Memorable Feats At The Commonwealth Games

–Nigeria has competed at eleven Commonwealth Games, from 1950. Nigeria did not attend four Games, in 1962, 1978 (in protest at New Zealand’s policies), 1986 and 1998.

–Nigeria has won at least one medal at every Games attended, including a high of thirty-seven in 1994.

–The first medal in 1950 was won by Joshua Majekodunmi in the High Jump, a silver medal in the Men’s High Jump event. Prior to the Commonwealth games, he captained Abeokuta Grammar School Athletics team to win the prestigious Grier Cup for Nigerian high schools in 1947 for the first and the last time.

–Majekodunmi was also at the 1948 London Olympics, and placed 9th in the high jump event at the 1952 Helsinki Olympics. He was also the father of Miss Olawunmi Majekodunmi, the African Table Tennis champion for most of the 1970s and 1980s.

–A new Commonwealth record for the high jump was established at the 1954 Games by Emmanuel Ifeajuna of Nigeria, who became the first Commonwealth athlete to clear six feet and nine inches. Ifeajuna was also the first black African to win a gold medal at the Commonwealth Games.

NIGERIA at the COMMONWEALTH GAMES

Games Gold Silver Bronze Total
1950 Auckland 0 1 0 1
1954 Vancouver 1 3 3 7
1958 Cardiff 0 1 1 2
1962 Perth did not attend
1966 Kingston 3 4 3 10
1970 Edinburgh 2 0 0 2
1974 Ch/church 3 3 4 10
1978 Edmonton did not attend
1982 Brisbane 5 0 8 13
1986 Edinburgh did not attend
1990 Auckland 5 13 7 25
1994 Victoria 11 13 13 37
1998 Kuala Lumpur did not attend
2002 Manchester 5 3 11 19
2006 Melbourne 4 6 7 17
2010 Delhi 11 8 14 33
Total 50 55 71 176

COMMONWEALTH GAMES SUMMARY
Commonwealth Games history (summary)
British Empire Games

1950

British Empire and Commonwealth Games

1954
1958
1966

British Commonwealth Games

1970
1974

Commonwealth Games

1982
1994
2002
2006
2010
2014
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