Team Nigeria finished ninth on the final medals table with 11 gold, 10 silver and 14 bronze medals to emerge Africa’s third best team in the competition.
Host of the 19th Commonwealth Games, India ended the tournament on a fine note on Thursday, as it clinched additional two gold medals in badminton to finish second with 38 gold medals, just as Australia emerged runaway leaders with 74 gold medals.
Saina Nehwal’s victory gave the Indians cause for celebration, as the feat sent England with 37 gold medals to the third place.
South Africa topped the continent’s chart having occupied the fifth position with 12 gold, 11 silver and 10 bronze, while Kenya follows with 12 gold, 11 silver and nine bronze medals.
India’s Nehwal in the women’s singles final came from behind to defeat Malaysian Wong Mew Choo 19-21, 23-21, 21-13.
Interestingly, English badminton players lost three finals on the day one of them would have made England finish second which it had occupied all along.
The duo of Nathan Robertson and Jenny Wallwork lost to Malaysia’s Koo Kien Keat and Chin Eei Hui in the mixed doubles final, before English number one male singles star, Rajiv Ouseph, lost to Malaysian defending champion, Lee Chong Wei.
Jwala Gutta and Ashwini Machimanda clinched the women’s doubles badminton title, which drew the host nation level with England at 37 gold medals apiece before Nehwal’s triumph.
while Robertson and Anthony Clark missed another gold medal when they lost to Koo and Malaysian men’s doubles partner Tan Boon Heong.