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Rio 2016: Sandra Szogedi takes her turn for Ghana in judo

Judoko Szandra Szogedi raring to fly the flag of Ghana high today

Team Ghana has already lost one chance to make it to the medal zone as swimmer Kaya Adwoa Forson yesterday failed to qualify from her heats in the 200m freestyle.

Forson, 14, making her Olympic debut, finished third in the first heat, but the two swimmers who beat the Ghanaian could not qualify for the next round given the fact that their finishing times did not meet the required time.

Forson finished with a time of 2:16.02secs behind Fiji's Matelita Buadromo who won with a time of 2:05.49 secs and India's Shivani Kataria who swam within a time of 2:09.30 to finish second.

Though she failed to make it to the next round, the Spain-born Ghanaian improved her personal best time of 2:23.72 secs recorded in Russia last year.

This afternoon at 1:00pm (Ghana time), judoka Szandra Szogedi will take her turn as she also makes her Olympic debut in the 63kg event.

Hungarian by birth, Szogedi acquired Ghanaian citizenship by marriage, and she is hoping to build on the bronze medal she won for Ghana at the All Africa Games in Brazzaville last year.

Ranked 40th in the world and  among the shorter competitors in her 63kilogramme weight division, Szogedi could work to her advantage, according to her coach

"She has a great ability to get underneath other players and score some big throws," said Luke Preston, Szogedi's coach, at the Camberley judo club.

Tomorrow, boxer Abdul Wahid Omar will also be in action against Argentine Ezequiel Alberto Melian in the men’s bantamweight at the Rio Centro (Pavilion 6).