Team Ghana during the Olympic Games Rio 2016: POSITIVITY!
A few days after the Olympic Games it’s time to look back. What are the highlights , special moments and especially what are the beautiful moments of Team Ghana?It all started on Monday, June 20th, 2016, when the Ghanaian Olympic Committee and Cocoa from Ghana signed a one-year sponsorship agreement, with plans to extend the agreement until after the 2020 Olympic Games in Japan. They have ensured that 16 Ghanaian Athletes could go to the Olympic Games Rio 2016 .
During the opening ceremony Team Ghana showed there fashion sense. The women wore a ‘kente’ ( pattern skirt) and the men wore colorful African shirts. In short: modern and traditional combined!
Schedule Team Ghana during the Olympic Games Rio 2016
- On the 9th of august the Olympics began for Team Ghana. Judoka Szandra Szögedi kicked the Olympics off for Ghana in the middleweight class (63 kg).
- On the 11th of August swimmer Abeiku Jackson and boxer (Bentam 52 kilograms) Abdul Wahid Omar came into action.
- Christian Amoah was the first ever Ghanaian to represent Ghana during weight lifting (85 kg) on the 12th of august. On the same day the first sprinter Alex Amankwah came into action during the 800m sprinting.
- The first female sprinter who came into action during the Olympics was Flings Owusu-Agyapong during the the 100m sprint, she was also the flag bearer for Ghana during the opening ceremony on the 13th of august. Sean Safo-Antwi represented the men in the 100m sprint. Sean Safo-Antwi: “You Do not Have To Be Great To Start, But You Have To Start To Be Great …”
- In the second week during the Olympics Janet Amponsah represented Ghana during the 200m sprint. A day later, Emmanuel Dasor on the 16th of august represented the men during the 200m sprint.
- On the 17th of august javelin thrower John Ampomag came into action. He put a great distance down of 80.39m.
- The women’s relay team Flings Owusu-Agyapong, Gemma Acheampong, Beatrice Gyaman Janet Amponsah, Akua Obeng-Akrofi and Persis William-Mensah came into action during the 4 x 100 m. Sprint. Gemma Acheampong: “Thanks for all the support everyone. Not the end I wanted but it’s usefull just the beginning. “
Although the athletes did not qualify for the next round, we are very proud of their positive attitude. For many athletes, this was their first Olympic experience.
Young, a Personal Best and the first Ghanaian swimmers … What more could you ask for?
The absolute highlights were the Personal Bests of swimmers Kaya Forson and Abeiku Jackson. Both swimmers have done a tremendous job! They are not only the first Ghanaian swimmers, at their young age, participating in the Olympics, they both have broken their Personal Best. This means they have put down their best performances so far. Kaya Forson her Personal Best is 2: 16:02 at the 200m. and Abeiku Jackson his Personal Best is 24.30s. in the 50m freestyle.
Watch the video to see what Kaya Forson thinks about her own performance during the Olympics: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F-jkcrT7T70