Ghana’s sole female weightlifter wins 3 bronze.
Naa Kwaamah Ankrah (GhanaClass.com)
Ghana’s sole female weightlifter at the ongoing Africa Seniors Weightlifting Qualification Championship, Ruth Baffoe has won three bronze medals in the women 53kg competition.
Ms. Baffor who is the current national female record holder won the medals after lifting 69kg snatch and 82kg clean and jerk.
Her three medals were won in the snatch, clean and jerk and total competitions.
Although her result does not guarantee a spot in the Rio Games, the team is optimistic that Ghana will get a slot for the Games after the men’s competition.
Speaking in an interview with Ghanaclass.com from their Yaoundé camp in Cameroon, the delighted athlete said she is glad to be returning home with a medal.
She explained that although it was her wish to get a chance to represent the country for the Rio Games, she will concentrate on her career and hope to make an impact next time.
Ms. Baffoe bemoaned that her bronze medal winning was due to the fact that the team had little time to train and added that she has noted all her mistakes and will work on them in future competitions.
“I had little time to train and I know if I had enough preparations, I would have won a gold medal,” she said.
Meanwhile, qualification for the Brazil Games will be based on team performances and at the end of the day the top five African countries will represent the continent at the Games.
Therefore, in order to make our Rio Games participation a reality the rest of the weightlifters including Christian Amoah, Forrester Osei, Prince Nyarko, Theophilus Tackie, Nii Darku Dodoo and David Akwei will have to put up a scintillating performance.
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