Commonwealth Games: Deborah Acquah Becomes the First Ghanaian Woman to Win a Medal in Long Jump

Commonwealth Games: Deborah Acquah Becomes the First Ghanaian Woman to Win a Medal in Long Jump

Godwin Nii Armah Tagoe
August 7, 2022 at 9:31 PM
  • Deborah Acquah etched her name in Ghanaian long jump folklore when she clinched bronze at the 2022 Commonwealth Games in Birmingham
  • She leapt 6.94 metres to smash her personal best and set a new national record but most importantly make the podium
  • Deborah finished with bronze behind Nigeria's Ese Brume and Brooke from Australia, who picked up gold and silver respectively

Deborah Acquah finished on the podium of the soon-to-end 2022 Commonwealth Games when she claimed bronze in the women's Long Jump finals.

The Ghanaian long jumper finished behind Ese Brume of Nigeria (7.00m), and Australia's Brooke (6.95m) with a leap of 6.94m.

Her 6.94 metres, which was her personal best, set a new national record that she held prior to the games in Birmingham.

Deborah Acquah, Commonwealth Games, bronze, Birmingham
Deborah Acquah clinched bronze for Ghana in the long jump event. Photo credit: Getty Images
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Deborah becomes the first Ghanaian woman in history to win a Long jump medal at the Commonwealth Games and the third Ghanaian athlete to have ever won a medal in the event after Ignisious Gaisah [gold in 2006, bronze in 2010] and Joshua Owusu [bronze in 1974].

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Her story has been that of sheer grit and persistence despite the clear obstacles, which could have derailed her dream of attaining glory.

She only arrived in Birmingham on Friday at midnight and went straight to the qualifiers, which she passed with distinction to the finals. Two days later, she picked up a medal and etch her name in national folklore.

Her feat sends Ghana's medal haul to five with one day to the end of the games - 2 silver, 3 bronze.

Sprinter Joseph-Paul Amoah wins bronze for Ghana in 200m finals

Earlier, Sports Brief reported that Joseph Paul Amoah made the podium of the 2022 Commonwealth Games after claiming bronze in the 200m race.

The Ghanaian sprinter finished third in the 200m final with a time of 20.49s to win bronze behind England's Zharnel Hughes and Trinidad and Tobago's Jareem Richards.

In photos posted on social media, the Ghanaian athlete was filled with joy as he chalked a piece of history at the Commonwealth Games.

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