On the final day of the games on April Sunday 15, Africa’s medals came from Namibia’s Johannes Helalia who won the women’s marathon in two hours, 32.40 minutes.
Uganda’s Munyo Mutai won silver in a dramatic men’s marathon where Scotland’s Callum Hawkins collapsed inside the final five kilometers after leading for most of the race.
Africa was represented on the medals’ table by South Africa in the 6th position with 13 gold medals and a total of 37 medals, Nigeria in the 9th position with a total of 24 medals and Kenya in the 14th position with a total of 17 medals.
Other African countries on the medals table included Uganda with 6 medals, Botswana with 5 medals, Namibia with 2 medals, Cameroon with 3 medals, Mauritius, Seychelles and Ghana, each with 1 medal
Rwanda was among the 28 countries that flattered during the games, the small nation was represented by a total of 17 athletes, across different disciplines namely; athletics, cycling, beach volleyball, Paralympics powerlifting
Among the other Africa countries which failed to win any silverware include: Zambia, The Gambia, The Gambia, Swaziland, Sierra Leone, Mozambique and Malawi
The 2018 Commonwealth Games came to a climax with dramatic victories in Netball and Rugby against this year’s hosts, Australia.
New Zealand’s women’s Rugby team beat Australia in the final with a try in sudden death extra time, winning 17 – 12, while England’s netball team also shocked title favorites Australia with a decisive penalty shot in the last seconds of the game winning 52 – 51.
They became the first team apart from Australia and New Zealand to win netball gold.
Australia still managed to lead the medals table with 80 gold medals, and a total of 198 medals, including 26 gold medals. Not to forget two historic gold medals in badminton and table tennis mixed team events.
England came second with a total of 138 medals ahead of India in the third place with 66 medals.
English city Birmingham were awarded the next Games in 2022 after original hosts Durban were stripped of the multi-sport event for failing to meet Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF) deadlines.