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World Athletics Championships, Budapest 2023: Nigeria ranked 44th best in the world

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Team Nigeria has been ranked the 44th best country that participated in the just ended World Athletics Championships in Budapest, Hungary after the Tonobok Okowa-led team failed to make it to the podium for the first time in three editions of the championships.

Nigeria produced just two athletes in the final viz long jumper Ese Brume who failed in her bid to make history as the most decorated Nigerian in the history of the championships and sprint hurdler, Tobi Amusan who, for the first time, failed to successfully defend a title.

Nigeria garnered just eight points from the fourth and sixth place finishes by Brume and Amusan respectively and have been joint 44th best with Algeria, Bahamas, Romania and switzerland.

USA finished top of the log with a total of 277 points following their 12 gold, eight silver final, nine bronze medals win as well as having as many as 26 other athletes placed between fourth and eighth in the final.

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Jamaica is second with 139 points while Kenya are placed third with 112 points having won three gold, three silver and four bronze medals. The east Africans also had 14 other athletes in the final.

Nigeria is also ranked the joint seventh African best at the Championships with Algeria while Kenya tops yet again.

The Kenyans are followed by Ethiopia who came second and

The Kenyans are followed by Ethiopia who came second and fifth overall after garnering two gold, four silver and two bronze medals while having as many as 10 other athletes in the final.

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Uganda with two gold and three other athletes in the final is third in Africa and 19th overall while in fourth is Botswana who picked a silver and a bronze courtesy sprinter Leslie Tebogo as well as having the 4x400m team make the final. They are ranked 24th best in the world.

Morocco, 28th overall and fifth in Africa as well as Burkina Faso, ranked 37th in the world and sixth in Africa are all ahead of Nigeria.

While Morocco picked up a gold and a bronze medal, Burkina Faso also picked up a gold medal as well as another athlete in the final.

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