Track & Field News of Tuesday, 27 May 2014


Africa Youth Games: Amoah and Arkoh haul six medals for Ghana

Ghana's weightlifters Christian Amoah and Juliana Arko hauled three Silver medals each in the Africa Youth Games in Botswana.

This feat will see Amoah and Arko qualify for the World Youth Championship in Nanjing, China in August this year.

The two were rewarded with two more medals each after an anomaly was detected by the African Weightlifting Federation (AWF) after they awarded with just a medal.

This rectification was made through Ghana’s Weightlifting Association President, Ben Nunoo-Mensah who was constantly monitoring events in Botswana.

The athletes were apparently not given the standard three medals each for placing second in the snatch and, clean and jerk categories during their medal ceremonies due to a shortage of medals.

According to the Head coach of the Weightlifting team, Albert Abotsi, after competing in both the snatch and clean and jerk competitions, the athletes should have been given three medals based on their final placements in the three different event categories: i.e. the snatch, clean and jerk and also for the total amount of weight they lifted.

Albert Abotsi revealed that Team Ghana has already been notified of the decision by the African Weightlifting Federation to present the four medals to the athletes on Tuesday, 27 May in Gaborone.

Team Ghana’ total medal haul is now six after Day 5 of the Games.