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UNIPORT win WAUG again

The defending champions, University of Port Harcourt topped the medal chart in the just concluded West African Universities Games which had more than 60 universities in attendance.

Uniport had a total of 67 gold, 31 silver and 23 bronze medals.

University of Lagos (UNILAG) followed closely as second after a total of 16 gold, 24 silver, 16 bronze, then the University of Cape Coast with 9 gold, 3 silver and 4 bronze while Obafemi Awolowo University had 8 Gold, 2 silver and 7 bronze emerging as 4th on the table.

The medal table at the end of the competition showed that UNIPORT won a total of 121 medals in both men and women categories of the event. More than Sixty universities with over 5000 athletes registered for the 14th West Africa University Games (WAUG) participating in events such as athletics, swimming, judo, tennis, badminton, table tennis, squash, chess, football, javelin, volleyball, handball, basketball, Hockey and cricket.

Some of the highlights of the event had African Heptathlon Record holder, Margaret Simpson who has a PB of 6423 points. Simpson is a multiple African Championships & All African Games GOLD medallist, winning Bronze at the 2005 World Championships, she won GOLD in Javelin & Silver in the Shot Put. Team Uniport quartet who won GOLD in the women’s 4x100m relay, beating TeamUnilag who got the Silver medal and TeamUDS while Ghana settled for the bronze medal. The University of Ghana won Men’s 4x400m relay,

Anigbate, a 300-level Human Kinetic student of UNIPORT, said she needed to compete with the best athletes in the world, having dominated Nigeria and Africa. She said “WAUG games have been a good experience for me so far, especially after winning the gold in the triple jump. “In all honesty, there was really no competitor; nobody to push me to my limit or make me sweat.

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