Weightlifting heroics again: Christian Amoah wins Ghana’s second medal to qualify for Youth Olympics
Christian Amoah became the second Ghanaian to win a medal at the African Youth Games after grabbing a silver medal in the men’s 77kg weightlifting competition.
Amoah has thus qualified for the World Youth Championship in Nanjing China and in the process set a new National record in the 77kg category, finishing with a total of 225kg.
Amoah tried unsuccessfully to wrestle the ultimate from Cameroon’s Cedric Feugno who won the gold medal in the division.
The 15-year old was participating in his second major competition after taking part in the African Weightlifting Championship last year.
He showed a great character of strength to clinch the medal, having watched Juliana Arkoh win a silver medal the day before.
Ghana’s Ophelia Swayne missed the chance to advance in the Swimming competition at the ongoing African Youth Games in Botswana after placing 23rd and 21st overall in the women’s 50m freestyle and the 50m butterfly events respectively.
Swayne had an off colour day clocking 30.62 in the freestyle and 32.36 in the butterfly.
The youngster, who is on a Ghana Olympic Committee sourced Olympic Solidarity scholarship, promised to train hard for the upcoming World Youth Championship in Nanjing, China, having completed her exams.
The pair of Isaac Amoako and Marian Amankwah Adom could move into the medal zone of their respective singles events with wins at 1/8 stage of their singles events on Saturday.
The two players won their 1/16 games on Saturday, and have set themselves up against opponents from Mauritius and Congo respectively in the Table Tennis competition on Sunday.
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