Rabat – As the African Games wind to a close, Egypt is set to end with the highest medal count. With several medal ceremonies still to go in sports like volleyball and tennis, Egypt has racked up 82 gold medals.
In second so far, Nigeria has 42 golds. Following Nigeria are South Africa (35), Algeria (31), and Morocco (28).
Egypt also has the most medals overall (238), followed by Algeria (114), Nigeria (105), Morocco (96), and Tunisia (89).
Rabat has been hosting the African Games since August 16. Saturday, August 31, will be the last day of the games.
Today’s final competitions include men’s football. Nigeria will take on Burkina Faso at 5 p.m. at the Boubker Aamar Stadium in Sale, Rabat’s twin city.
Morocco’s men’s and women’s team tennis players will take on Egypt in the final team tennis competition on Saturday, hoping to score two more gold medals.
Morocco’s most successful sportspeople have been its karatekas. In both men’s and women’s karate events, Morocco earned nine gold medals. Morocco also won golds in taekwondo, boxing, snooker, judo, equestrian sports, fencing, triathlon, and canoeing.
Although many swimmers won multiple medals, only South African Erin Gallagher has won an impressive 10: eight gold medals and two silver medals. Showing her versatility across the sport, Gallagher won medals in the 100 meter freestyle, 50 meter backstroke, and 100 meter butterfly events.
Athletes come together in the continental sporting event, previously called the All-Africa Games, every four years.
The games are an important lead-up to the Tokyo Olympic Games in 2020. Fifteen of the 26 sports in Rabat’s African Games are qualifiers for the Summer Olympics.