GHANA recorded her first casualty at the ongoing Rio Olympics when teenage swimming sensation, Kaya Adwoa Forson, failed to qualify for the next stage of the competition in the women’s 200m freestyle event at the Olympic Aquatics Stadium in Barra da Tijuca.
Starting in Lane 1, the 14-year-old stretched every sinew and muscle but could only finish third, returning a time of 2.16 seconds – not good enough for qualification into the semis.
The Spain-based Ghanaian swimming sensation was beaten into third place by the eventual winner, Matelita Buadromo from Fiji who clocked a time of 2:05.49 seconds with Shivani Shivani from India following in second position with a time of 2:09.30 seconds.
Unfortunately, none of the three swimmers in the heat qualified for the semi finals due to the low times recorded.
In a chat with the media after the race, she expressed delight at the opportunity to represent Ghana at the Games although she could not make it to the semi finals.
“I’m happy I improved on my personal time but a little sad I couldn’t make it to the medal stage,” she told the media here.
At present, she holds the national record of 31.5 seconds in the 50-metre freestyle and 1.04.52 minutes in the 100m freestyle event.
On her way to clinching one of the 16 spots to represent Ghana at the Games, Forson had several top five and top 10 overall and first places by age group performances in the International Swimming Federation (FINA) approved Rio qualifying event that featured 296 athletes representing 49 clubs and 21 countries over two days of competition.
From John Vigah, Rio de Janeiro