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Weightlifting: Ghana win 3 bronze medals at Africa Seniors Championships

Ghana’s contingent at the All Africa Seniors Weightlifting Championships in Cairo, Egypt has bagged three bronze medals.

While Winnifred Ntumi won bronze in the women’s 49kg bodyweight last Tuesday, Christian Amoah added two more after competing in the 89kg and 96kg events respectively on Sunday.

2018 Buenos Aires Youth Olympian Sandra Mensimah Owusu competed in the 59kg category but she finished fifth out of 10 athletes, David Akwei (67kg) finished seventh out 10 athletes in his category while Jeremiah Teng-Gbul Benye (81kg) finished eighth out of 11 athletes in his category

At the time of going to press, Africa Zone One gold medalist Christopher Forrester Osei (96kg) was getting ready to take his turn at the competition.

The Ghanaian team coached by American Dr Kyle Calhoun Pierce and assistant coach Daniel Darko, competed in six bodyweight categories.

In a telephone interview, General Secretary of the federation, Ken Adade expressed his outfit’s excitement over the performance of the team at the Championships adding his outfit has set a target to improve upon their lot at the 2019 All African Games to be held in Rabat, Morocco in August.

“Although most of the athletes could not win medals, the federation is pleased with their performance as this serves as an opportunity to work hard to improve the feat at the All African Games.

Sandra Mensimah Owusu competed in the 59kg category and she finished fifth out of 10 athletes which was a massive performance, considering the fact that she is a young athlete competing at the seniors’ level so we are happy about the general performance of the team,” he said.

The team is expected to arrive in the country tomorrow to begin preparations for the All Africa Games.

By: Beatrice Laryea

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