Monday,27 May, 2019
Current issue | Issue 1404, (2 - 8 August 2018)
Monday,27 May, 2019
Issue 1404, (2 - 8 August 2018)

Ahram Weekly

Far ahead

Egypt was triumphant at the 2018 African Youth Games which ended earlier this week in Algiers, reports Inas Mazhar


The Egyptians conquered the Dark Continent with their talented athletes as they collected an outstanding overall total medal haul of 199 to top the final standings, far ahead of their opponents.

The young Pharaohs claimed 101 gold medals, 55 silver and 43 bronze. The boys won 110 medals — 59 gold, 28 silver and 23 bronze while the girls won 81 medals — 36 gold, 24 silver and 21 bronze. The mixed teams claimed nine medals: six gold and three silvers.


Hosts Algeria won the most medals at the Games with a total of 226. However, they were far behind Egypt with only 71 gold medals. Algeria garnered 72 silver and 83 bronze medals.

Nigeria was third in the first week of the competition, but it was the Tunisians who finished third by the end of the 10-day competition, winning a total of 136 overall medals — 36 gold, 46 silver and 54 bronze.


Egypt took part in the Games with 269 male and female athletes competing in 27 of the 30 listed disciplines and handily managed to win medals in 25 sports.

Algeria hosted the Games from 18 to 28 July which saw the participation of some 3,000 athletes from 54 nations. Algiers was awarded the Games by the Association of National Olympic Committees of Africa in 2014.


The 30-sport program included athletics, archery, badminton, 3x3 basketball, beach volleyball, boxing, canoeing, cycling, fencing, equestrian, football, gymnastics, handball, hockey, karate, rowing, rugby, swimming, sailing, boules, tennis, table tennis, shooting, triathlon, taekwondo, volleyball, wushu and weightlifting, judo and golf.

The competition in some of these sports also served as qualification for the 2018 Olympic Youth Games scheduled to take place in October in Argentina.

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