10 facts about the Ghanaian athletes at the Olympics

10 facts about the Ghanaian athletes at the Olympics

The Rio Olympics open today in Brazil and over 10,000 sports men and women will be competing for medals for the next three weeks.

Ghana has 16 representatives at the games but how much do you know about them?

YEN.com.gh presents to you 10 facts about some of the top athletes representing Ghana.

1. Ghana sprinter Flings Joyner Owusu-Agyapong was born in Kumasi, Ghana and moved to Toronto, Canada at the age of 9.

10 facts about the Ghanaian athletes at the Olympics

2. Joyner attended Syracuse University on an athletic scholarship, where she broke the school records for the 55, 60 and 100 meters and was 2x 2nd team All-American.

3. Joyner also holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Public Health.

John Ampomah

10 facts about the Ghanaian athletes at the Olympics

4. John is a Javeline thrower and captain of the Olympic team. He hails from Konongo in the Ashanti region but currently lives in Nashville, Tennessee.

Szandra Szogedi

10 facts about the Ghanaian athletes at the Olympics

5. Sszandra is originally from Hungary but naturalized as a Ghanaian after marrying a Ghanaian engineer.

6. Szogedi has been to Ghana once to meet her husband's family and says she was overwhelmed by the welcome she received.

Abeiku Gyekye Jackson

10 facts about the Ghanaian athletes at the Olympics

7. He grew up in Westlands, Accra and a student of Soul Clinic International School. Abeiku’s routine for the better part of 13 years, has been training, school, and training. He is a specialist in the 50-metre freestyle stroke.

Kaya Forson

10 facts about the Ghanaian athletes at the Olympics

8. The 16 year old is based in Malaga, Spain and was recently in a media controversy for qualifying for the Olympics over one Ophelia Swayne – who has a better time record than Kaya.

Christian Amoah

10 facts about the Ghanaian athletes at the Olympics

9. Christian participated in the 2014 Nanjing Youth Olympic qualifier in Tunisia where he placed 5th in the 77kg category. Amoah also took part in the 2014 Africa Youth Games in Botswana where he placed 3rd in the 77kg category.

Persis Williams-Mensah

10 facts about the Ghanaian athletes at the Olympics

10. Persis is currently majoring in biological sciences at UC Irvine Broke her own school record in the 60m by running 7.61 seconds and also ran 25.70 in the 200m

 

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