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Weightlifters grab 5 medals in Uzbekistan

One of the nation’s trusted weightlifters, Christian Amoah, on Wednesday evening grabbed two bronze medals at the 6th Islamic Solidarity Sports Federation Annual Weightlifting Championship in Uzbekistan.

Amoah’s feat brings to five, medals won at the cosmopolitan, multi-ethnic city of Tashkent.

On Tuesday, London-based Forester Osei put up a remarkable performance to clinch three silver medals at the same event which served as a Japan 2020 Olympics qualifier.

Both Amoah and Osei competed in the 95kg category. A third weightlifter, David Akwei, contested in the 65kg.

Per the standings, none of the weightlifters have made it to the Tokyo Olympics as yet – though they have garnered substantial number of points to boost their chances.

However, the Ghanaian athletes would have a final chance at a Mauritius qualifier in March to determine their Tokyo Olympics fate.

Both Amoah and Osei were at the Rio Olympics in Brazil, four years ago and have vowed to stage an encore.

The Uzbekistan trip, which cost $12,000, was co-sponsored by the Ghana Olympic Committee (GOC) and the Ghana Weightlifting Federation (GWF) president, Mr Ben Nunoo Mensah.

The team, handled by Nii Darku Dodoo, arrived home last night.

BY JOHN VIGAH

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