Team Ghana warms up into Commonwealth Games

BY: Daily Graphic

Ghanas’ men and women Table Tennis teams recovered from their opening defeats to England 3-0 and Singapore 3-0 respectively to win their next matches.

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The women’s Table Tennis Team beat Tanzania 3-2 to restore hopes of qualifying from their group while the men’s team also beat Seychelles in three straight sets.

Similarly, the men’s Badminton team came back strongly to beat Kenya 3-2, having lost 5-0 to India in their first game in the mixed teams group and are to come up against Uganda in their next game.

In swimming, teenagers Abeiku Jackson and Kwaku Addo scaled new heights after clocking their personal bests in the preliminary round of the men’s 50m butterfly heats. 


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Jackson equaled his personal best of 27:21 to win the heat while Addo finished with a new personal best of 27.80 to take second place. But their qualifying times fell short of the qualification mark for the next round of the competition.

Meanwhile, Jedidiah Amoako-Ackah became Ghana’s first track cyclist to compete on the international stage after taking part in the men’s match sprint.

 The Glasgow-based cyclist, however, could not earn qualification to the final round after finishing 26th overall.

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In an interview with the media after his cycling competition, Jedidiah said "I have not been doing this for long for about ten months and I only actually started sprinting in March”.

"I have kind of just dived right into the whole experience and I am very glad”

In a related development, Judo kicked off Ghana’s campaign at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in spectacular fashion when Team Ghana made a bright start after Ghana’s Razak Abugiri won a bronze medal in the men’s 60kg contest on the first day of competition last Wednesday.

Abugiri got his name into the history books after becoming the first Ghanaian judoka (a Judo athlete) to win a medal at the Commonwealth Games.

Abugiri defeated fellow African Neuso Moz Sigauque from  Mozambique in a one sided contest.

Unlike Abugiri, another Ghanaian judoka, Dominic Agudoo, exited the competition at the quarter finals in the 60kg repechage contest while Alex Amoako also lost out to Andreas Krassas in the 66kg contest in the preliminary round of 32.