71 countries took part in the 2018 Commonwealth Games, and South Africa and Nigeria did Africa proud by being in the top 10 in the medal standings. Although 13 potato-head athletes tried to ruin it for us by absconding to heaven-knows-where, Africa still had its wonderful moments at the games. And we at Naijaonpoint have put five of them together.
Malawi conquered New Zealand in netball
New Zealand was a 10-time netball champion at the games and in those times they easily beat Malawi. However, the 40-year domination in netball came to an end at Gold Coast 2018 when Malawi managed to swing the game on its head in a 57-53 win. The win over New Zealand sparked wild celebrations with the Malawian coach saying they’ve finally beaten the untouchables.
Watch a clip of the Malawi Queens celebrating below:
— Netball UK (@NetballUK) April 8, 2018
Botswana made history in the 400 metres race
Ensuring gender equality, Gold Coast 2018 featured the same number of male and female athletes. Botswana really highlighted this at the games when its athletes, Amantle Montsho and Isaac Makwala, won gold in the women’s and men’s 400 metres. It was the first time in Commonwealth Games history the men’s and women’s 400 metres events have been won by athletes from the same country.
Botswana’s men’s relay team made it even more memorable by winning the 4x400m relay. And how did they celebrate? By doing pushups!
— lillian moremi (@lillianmoremi) April 14, 2018
Luvo Manyonga put South Africa back in long jump
With his crystal meth addiction controversy over, South Africa’s Luvo Manyonga jumped back in the spotlight after he won gold in the long jump event. It was a historic moment, as his win gave South Africa its first Commonwealth Games gold in long jump since 1950.
Caster Semenya’s historic double
Aside from silly controversies about her gender, one other thing that seems to follow Caster Semenya to every competition is her unique speed. That speed brought her to the attention of the world once again when she won the 800 metres and 1500 metres races – making her the third woman ever to win double at the games in the same year.
Blessing Oburududu’s emotional moment
Nigerian wrestler, Blessing Oburududu gave us one of the best moments at the games after winning gold in the 68kg women’s freestlye. Filled with emotion, she rolled on the mat into the arms of the Nigerian officials before coming back to the centre where she continued in the celebration – leaving her opponent, Danielle Lappage even more embittered.
Watch the moment on BBC Sport.