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Shell Retains NOGIG Trophy, Sweeps 17 Gold Medals
Having won 17 gold, 8 silver and 8 bronze, Team Shell was handed the National Oil Industry Games trophy to the jubilation of the more than 100 competitors who donned the Shell jersey. At the time the competition came to a close at the main bowl of the National Stadium Abuja on Saturday, 16th of February, Team Shell had won a total of 266 points beating NNPC to the second position. NNPC won 58 points made up of 8 gold, 9 silver and 13 bronze. Nigeria Agip Oil placed third at the medals table with 6 gold, 5 silver and 11 bronze, earning 150 points.
Shell's performance turned out to be a promise kept as Evans Krukrubo the leader of the contingent pledged that the team was determined to retain the champions trophy for another two years. Shell won first position at the 11th edition of the games in 2006.
The team proved unstoppable when light-footed Tesh Omere won and opened the door to more gold medals in the women's 100m dash in impressive time. The same event was won by team mate Melodi Adebola in the men's 100m dash. Two more gold medals came from the men's and women's 4x100m relay which featured both gold medalists in the last leg.
With 11 gold medals in the kitty at the close of competition, Team Shell built its victory strategy around its sprinters. Their spectacular performance was witnessed by the Minister of State Gas, Emmanuel Odushina, Shell Country Chair Basil Omiyi, representative of SPDC Managing Director Ubaka Emelumadu, and executives of other oil companies who were in attendance.
Two gold medals clinched in women's table tennis and a squash event put Shell formally on top of the medals table.
Other participating teams in the games were: ExxonMobil (137 points), Total/Elf (109 points); Nigeria Liquefied Natural Gas (39 points), Petroleum Training Institute (37 points), Chevron (34 points), Addax (0 point) and the Department of Petroleum Resources (0 point).