Ghana finally got a place on the medal standings after Winnifred Ntumi got a bronze medal in the women’s 45kg weightlifting event.She recorded a total of 126 points to finish behind Nigeria’s Stella Pete who had 138 points and Madagascar’s Randafiarison Rosina who recorded 155 points to take gold.BOXINGAbdul Wahid Umar lost 4-1 to Jonas Jonas Junias of Namibia in the quarter finals of the men’s lightweight 63kg competition.KARATE-DOEdmund Asante Amoako finished 8th in the men’s men’s kata elimination round with 21.66 points.TENNISIn the men’s singles, Isaac Nortey lost to Skander Mansouri of Tunisia in straight sets. The same fate befell Johnson Acquah when he faced Ouahab Lamine of Morocco and Benjamin Palm when he took on Anas Fattar also of Morocco. While Acquah lost in straight sets, Palm lost in three.In the men’s doubles, Kuuku Abban and Isaac Nortey were beaten in 2-1 by Changawa Mzai and Kibey Yego of Kenya.In the women’s doubles, Elizabeth Bagerbaseh and Mariam Ibrahim lost 2-1 to their opponents from Kenya.TABLE TENNISIn the mixed doubles event, Derek Abrefa and Cynthia Kwabi lost 3-1 to Tunisia’s Abderazzek Souabni and Manel Baklouti.Felix Lartey and Lynda Annor lost 3-0 to Bode Abiodun and Offiong Edem of Nigeria in the mixed doubles last 8.
Happy 4th of July everybody. Enjoy the ribs. Steeler camp . . . 5 weeks and counting. Soccer be damned! If the basketball gods are still with me (you know the Spurs beating The Knicks thing) please let “Carmello” go to the Lakers with Kobe and Pau Gasol. Please baby. Please baby. Please! You all have to admit we played soccer in the World Cup and you got excited . . . yes you did . . . yes you did!! < You Have Just Crossed the Finish Line > Who do the Pirates remind you of? Last year’s Pirates of course. Here we come baby, raise that Jolly Roger! BILL NEAL