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Ghana at the 2016 Summer Olympics

Ghana competed at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, from 5 to 21 August 2016. This was the nation's fourteenth appearance at the Summer Olympics, having taken part in all but three editions since its debut (as the Gold Coast) at the 1952 Summer Olympics. Ghana did not attend the 1976 Olympics because of the African boycott and did not attend the 1980 Olympics because of the United States boycott.

Ghana at the
2016 Summer Olympics
Flag of Ghana.svg
IOC codeGHA
NOCGhana Olympic Committee
in Rio de Janeiro
Competitors14 in 5 sports
Flag bearerFlings Owusu-Agyapong[1]
Medals
Gold
0
Silver
0
Bronze
0
Total
0
Summer Olympics appearances (overview)

Ghana Olympic Committee sent the nation's largest delegation to the Games since 2004. A total of 14 athletes, seven per gender, were selected to the team for five different sports.[2] Among the sports represented by the athletes, Ghana marked its Olympic debut in swimming, women's judo, and men's weightlifting.

Notable Ghanaian athletes on the squad were Hungarian-born judoka Szandra Szögedi, and freestyle swimmer Kaya Forson, who established a record as the youngest ever competitor (aged 14) in the nation's Olympic history.[3] Javelin thrower John Ampomah was named the captain of the Ghanaian team, with track sprinter Flings Owusu-Agyapong leading the contingent as the nation's flag bearer in the opening ceremony.[1][4]

Ghana, however, failed to earn a single medal in Rio de Janeiro, continuing a drought that began at the 1992 Summer Olympics in Barcelona, where the men's football team earned the bronze.[5]

Athletics (track and field)Edit

Ghanaian athletes achieved qualifying standards in the following athletics events (up to a maximum of 3 athletes in each event):[6][7]

Key
  • Note–Ranks given for track events are within the athlete's heat only
  • Q = Qualified for the next round
  • q = Qualified for the next round as a fastest loser or, in field events, by position without achieving the qualifying target
  • NR = National record
  • N/A = Round not applicable for the event
  • Bye = Athlete not required to compete in round

Men
Track & road events
Athlete Event Heat Quarterfinal Semifinal Final
Result Rank Result Rank Result Rank Result Rank
Sean Safo-Antwi 100 m Bye 10.43 6 Did not advance
Emmanuel Dasor 200 m 20.65 6 N/A Did not advance
Alex Amankwah 800 m 1:50.33 7 N/A Did not advance
Field events
Athlete Event Qualification Final
Distance Position Distance Position
John Ampomah Javelin throw 80.39 19 Did not advance
Women
Track & road events
Athlete Event Heat Quarterfinal Semifinal Final
Result Rank Result Rank Result Rank Result Rank
Flings Owusu-Agyapong 100 m Bye 11.43 4 Did not advance
Janet Amponsah 200 m 23.67 6 N/A Did not advance
Gemma Acheampong
Janet Amponsah
Beatrice Gyaman
Dorcas Gyimah
Flings Owusu-Agyapong
4 × 100 m relay 43.37 8 N/A Did not advance

BoxingEdit

Ghana entered one boxer to compete in the men's bantamweight division into the Olympic competition. Abdul Omar received an unused Olympic spot as the next highest-ranked boxer at the 2016 African Boxing Olympic Qualification Tournament, as runner-up Mohamed Hamout of Morocco decided to accept his place instead in the World Series of Boxing (WSB) rankings.[8]

Athlete Event Round of 32 Round of 16 Quarterfinals Semifinals Final
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Rank
Abdul Omar Men's bantamweight   Melián (ARG)
L 0–3
Did not advance

JudoEdit

Ghana qualified one judoka for the women's half-middleweight category (63 kg) at the Games. Hungarian-born Szandra Szögedi earned a continental quota spot from the African region as Ghana's top-ranked judoka outside of direct qualifying position in the IJF World Ranking List of May 30, 2016.[9][10]

Athlete Event Round of 32 Round of 16 Quarterfinals Semifinals Repechage Final / BM
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Rank
Szandra Szögedi Women's −63 kg   M Silva (BRA)
L 000–100
Did not advance

SwimmingEdit

Ghana received a Universality invitation from FINA to send two swimmers (one male and one female) to the Olympics, signifying the nation's Olympic debut in the sport.[11][12][13]

Athlete Event Heat Semifinal Final
Time Rank Time Rank Time Rank
Abeiku Jackson Men's 50 m freestyle 24.30 55 Did not advance
Kaya Forson Women's 200 m freestyle 2:16.02 42 Did not advance

WeightliftingEdit

Ghana qualified one male weightlifter for the Rio Olympics by virtue of a top five national finish at the 2016 African Championships.[14] The team allocated this place to 17-year-old Christian Amoah.[15]

Athlete Event Snatch Clean & Jerk Total Rank
Result Rank Result Rank
Christian Amoah Men's −85 kg 130 18 153 21 283 21

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "Flings Owusu-Agyapong to be Ghana's flag bearer at Rio 2016 opening ceremony". Ghana Sports. 4 August 2016. Archived from the original on 27 September 2016. Retrieved 22 August 2016.
  2. ^ "2016 Olympic Games: Team Ghana arrives in Rio". TV3 Ghana. 2 August 2016. Retrieved 15 September 2016.
  3. ^ Zurek, Kweku (8 August 2016). "Young Kaya Forson to begin Ghana's Olympic campaign today". Ghana: Daily Graphic. Retrieved 15 September 2016.
  4. ^ Boakye, Kwame (4 August 2016). "Flings Owusu-Agyapong to be Ghana's flag bearer at the Opening Ceremony". Pulse.com.gh. Retrieved 15 September 2016.
  5. ^ "Ghana's performance in Rio Olympics abject but prospects exist". Xinhua. Global Times. 22 August 2016. Retrieved 15 September 2016.
  6. ^ "iaaf.org – Top Lists". IAAF. Retrieved 18 April 2015.
  7. ^ "IAAF Games of the XXX Olympiad – Rio 2016 Entry Standards" (PDF). IAAF. Retrieved 18 April 2015.
  8. ^ "135 quota places for Rio 2016 booked through the four AIBA Continental Olympic Qualification Tournaments". AIBA. 25 April 2016. Retrieved 27 April 2016.
  9. ^ "IJF Officially Announces Qualified Athletes for Rio 2016 Olympic Games". International Judo Federation. 23 June 2016. Archived from the original on 7 July 2016. Retrieved 24 June 2016.
  10. ^ "Ghana's Szogedi qualifies for Rio 2016 Judo competition". Ghana: Citi FM. 22 May 2016. Retrieved 27 May 2016.
  11. ^ "Swimming World Rankings". FINA. Archived from the original on 6 January 2011. Retrieved 14 March 2015.
  12. ^ "Men's Final Entry List" (PDF). FINA. Retrieved 20 July 2016.
  13. ^ "Women's Final Entry List" (PDF). FINA. Retrieved 20 July 2016.
  14. ^ "Exciting competitions for the African quota places in Cameroon". International Weightlifting Federation. 23 May 2016. Retrieved 26 May 2016.
  15. ^ "Rio 2016 Weightlifting – List of Athletes by Bodyweight Category" (PDF). International Weightlifting Federation. Retrieved 21 July 2016.

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