Ghana picked her first medal at the ongoing Africa Seniors Weightlifting Championship in Cairo, Egypt after 16year-old Winnifred Ntumi defied all odds to win bronze in the women’s 49kg bodyweight.
She mounted the podium to receive her medal after lifting 57kg in snatch and 67kg in clean and jerk to make a total of 124kg.
The excited teenager said she was nervous going into the competition because it was a seniors’ event meant it was a gathering of the best on the continent but with determination, she was able to get a medal for Ghana.
“When I saw the start list, I was a bit jittery because my total entry was the least among the six athletes in my category but I was inspired by my coaches and we made Ghana proud.
“I am very grateful to God for how far he has brought me and I hope my colleagues will also win medals for us to celebrate in grand style”, she added.
Ghana is being represented by six athletes made up of two girls and four boys in five bodyweight categories. The other female athlete is 2018 Buenos Aires Youth Olympian Sandra Mensimah Owusu who competes in the 59kg category.
The boys are also being represented by; 2016 Rio Olympian Christian Amoah (96kg) who doubles as the captain of the team; Ghanaian based in UK and Africa Zone One gold medallist Christopher Forrester Osei (96kg), Africa Youth medallist Jeremiah Teng-Gbul Benye (81kg) and Commonwealth Weightlifting medallist David Akwei (61kg).
The athletes were accompanied by the Technical Director of the Ghana Weightlifting Federation, Dr Kyle Calhoun Pierce and the second assistant coach Daniel Darko.