Walid shines, Safo-Antwi, others slump
The 2014 Commonwealth Games bronze medalist light welterweight boxer,
Abdul Wahid Omar, showed class last night, outboxing his Antiguan opponent Alston Ryan to book a place in the semifinals of the ongoing Commonwealth Games in Birmingham.
Ryan, 28, proved a tough customer in the opening exchanges, but his age mate and the much more experienced Omar watered down his threats dishing out some straight hooks through his guard while blocking most of the shots thrown at him.
Combining his experience coupled with some explosive left-right hooks to the face and body of Ryan whilst rapidly dogging the replies, Omar won the hearts of the judges who scored the contest 4-1 in his favour.
He has automatically been guaranteed a medal – just like compatriot Commey.
In athletics Sean Safo-Antwi failed to make it to the finals of the 100m finishing in fifth in the Men’s semi-final heat 2 in a time of 10:36.
Ghana’s 100m record holder Benjamin Kwaku Azamati raced into the finals after finishing third in Heat 3 in a time of 10:18.
The 24-year-old as of press time, was lining up for the finals of the 100m finals together with his African compatriots Ferdinand Omanyala of Kenyan, Akani Simbine of South Africa and Emmanuel Eseme from Cameroon
In other events held yesterday, Ghana’s men hockey team were beaten 6-1 by their Wales counterparts, while the female beach volleyball team – after taking a set lead, suffered a 3-1 loss to Kenya