Ghana sign out of 2022 Commonwealth Games with five (5) medals

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Ghana signed out of the 2022 Commonwealth Games in Birmingham, England with five medals.

The West African nation had 101 athletes competing in 13 different sporting events which include; Athletics, Boxing, Badminton, Beach volleyball, Cycling, Hockey, Judo, Para powerlifting, Squash, Swimming, Table tennis, Triathlon and Weightlifting.

Ghana out of 13 competitions won five medals; a bronze medal in the men’s 200m (Athletics), bronze in the women’s long jump (Athletics) and two silver and a bronze 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.

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.

Ghana Athletic Association (GAA) failed to inform the officials of the games of the late change which saw Abdul-Rasheed Saminu replace 200m bronze winner Joseph Paul Amoah.

It is also a redemption for Ghana after Benjamin Azamati missed out on a medal in the 100m final, Alex Amankwa in the 800m final and the women’s relay team in the 4x100m final.

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 secured 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. However, the match was called off due to Commey’s health condition. Commey was declared unfit for the match, meaning he had to settle for a silver medal.

Bantamweight boxer Abraham Mensah wrapped up the hat-trick in the boxing with a silver medal. He lost 5-0 in the final of the over 51kg-54kg (Bantamweight) against Dylan James Eagleson of Northern Ireland.

Deborah Acquah won Ghana’s final medal in the Commonwealth Games. The 26-year-old dumped all off-field challenges to win bronze with a leap of 6.94m in the final.

Acquah who arrived in England only 48 hours before her debut due to visa issues trailed only to Nigeria’s Ese Brume and Australia’s Brooke Buschkuehl who won gold and silver respectively.

She made history by winning Ghana’s first-ever Commonwealth Games medal in the women’s long jump.

Despite the massive improvement from Ghana in this year’s games. The disqualification of the men’s 4x100m relay team due to administrative error and the ban of light heavyweight boxer Shakul Samed for failing a doping test made headlines.

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