Abdul Powers Ghana To Semis In Boxing

FghtAFTER the long wait, Ghana can be assured of another medal, this time in boxing after Omar Abdul progressed into the semi-finals of the 52kg Flyweight Men’s Boxing at the 20th Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland.

Abdul, defeated Rathnayaka Anurudha from Sri Lanka by a split decision after the three judges scored (30-27, 30-27, 28-29).

By this feat, Abdul, has become an automatic bet for a medal, as a defeat will at least grant him a bronze medal.

However, the boxer in a brief chat, said he was looking forward to moving to the finals of the competition and possibly pick the gold medal.

Osmanu Haruna lost out in the Men’s Super-heavy weight (+91kg) to Sekabembe Mike from Uganda by a unanimous decision.

In weightlifting Nii Otoo Lynkane placed 4th with a total of 245kg in both Snatch and Clean and Jerk.

Nii Lynkane, broke his personal best by 10kg, whilst Dora Afi Botsi also managed 6th position in the Women’s 75kg with a total of 192kg.

In Badminton, Ghana began on a brighter note at the Emirates Arena, with Daniel Sam defeating Lubah Aatish from Mauritius by two sets to one, (21-16, 17-21,21-17) to advance to the round of 32 in the Men’s Singles.

Emmanuel Donkor also defeated Ross Stewart also advanced to the next stage of the competition, whilst Stella Amasah lost in the Women’s Singles to Louisa Yaldey from Mauritius by 2-0 set (21-14, 21-14) with Evelyn Botwe also failing to progress by losing to two straight sets to Lloyd Gayle.

Ghana’s disable Ajara Mohamed, will be gunning for a medal in the finals of the Women’s para-sport 1500m T54 race at the Hampdon Park, Stadium, Glasgow on Wednesday.

Ajara, who qualified with a time of 4:04:04 sec, to placed fourth in a hotly contested race managed to book a place in the finals as one of the fastest runners after the first three winners.

She qualified alongside Anita Fordjour, who made 4;21:24 secs, in the second Heats of 1500m T54 race.

The duo, the nation’s leading female athlete will be seeking to put smiles on the faces of Ghanaians as they moved into the finals of the competition with the determination to win medals.

In the Men’s made an entry into the final stages, Felix Acheampong managed to sail through to the quarter finals of the Men’s Para-sports 1500 T54 race after clocking 3:33sec.

However, Patrick Obeng, who was in a good position to advance to the quarter finals lost control in the last round of the Men’s para-sport 1500 T54 and fell off from his wheel chair in the last round of the race.

Obeng, was then third in the race and could have easily secure a place in the quarter finals but for the fall, which denied him the opportunity.

However, his fellow para-athlete Emmanuel Boateng failed to make progress in the race.

In Shooting, two debutants Chodo Mercy and Sapak Philomoina placed 22 and 23 in the women’s 50m rifle qualification.

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