Ghana has won three medals at the ongoing Commonwealth Games in Birmingham, England.
The West African nation scooped a bronze medal in the men’s 200m, and a bronze and silver medal in boxing.
National 200m record holder Joseph Paul Amoah won a bronze medal after finishing third in the final in a time of 20.49s, behind Jereem Richards of Trinidad and Tabago and Zharnel Hughes of England who finished first and second respectively.
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The medal is Ghana’s first medal in Athletics at the Commonwealth Games since Ignatius Gaisah and Anita Fordjour’s medals in Delhi 2010.
It is also the first medal in the 200m by a Ghanaian since George Daniels won silver for Ghana at the 1974 Commonwealth Games in Christchurch, New Zealand. Amoah also became Africa’s first medalist in the 200m since 2006.
The triumph is a huge relief for Ghana following the disqualification of the men’s 4x100m relay team from the final for failing to confirm changes made to the running line up and order an hour before the semifinal race.
Boxer Wahid Omar won bronze after losing his semi-final bout to Mauritanian boxer Louis Colin in over 60kg-63kg (Light welterweight). The 28-year-old lost the bout 5-0.
Joseph Commey also secures a silver medal in the men’s over 54kg- 57kg (Featherweight) in unfortunate circumstances.
The young boxer was scheduled to fight Jude Gallagher of Northern Ireland in the final later today. However, the match has been called off due to Commey’s health condition.
Commey has been declared unfit for the match, meaning he will have to settle for a silver medal.
In hunt for a medal today, Alex Amankwa will compete in the men’s 800m final at 6:35pm GMT.
He will compete with Boitumelo Masilo of Botswana, Scotland’s Guy Learmonth, Wyclife Kinyamal of Kenya, Peter Bol of Australia, Jamaica’s Navasky Anderson and England pair of Ben Pattison and Jamie Webb.
The women 4×100 relay team will compete for a medal at 11:54am.
Ghana will be represented by Mary Boakye, Latifa Ali, Gifty Oku and Hor Halutie. The team will compete with Nigeria, England, Australia, Trinidad and Tobago, Jamaica, India and Scotland.
Deborah Acquah will compete in the final of the women’s long jump at 6:05pm GMT. Coming up against Christabel Nettey, Tyra Gittens, Lorraine Ugen, Ese Brume, Lakshini Sarangi Silva Sandaradura, Jazmin Sawyers, Samantha Dale, Ackelia Smith, Brooke Buschkuehl and Filippa Fotopoulou.
Lastly, boxer Abraham Mensah will compete in the final of the over 51kg-54kg (Bantamweight). He will come up against Dylan James Eagleson of Northern Ireland at 1:45pm.