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Ghanaian swimmer Abeiku Jackson Gyekye sets sights on more medals after historic win

March 11, 2024
Ghanaian swimmer Abeiku Jackson Gyekye sets sights on more medals after historic win

Ghanaian swimmer Abeiku Jackson Gyekye is aiming for more success after clinching Ghana's first-ever swimming medal at the ongoing .

The two-time Olympian secured a silver medal in the men's 50m butterfly with an impressive time of 24.23 seconds, making history as the first Ghanaian swimmer to achieve such a feat at the African Games.

In an interview following his remarkable win, Abeiku Jackson expressed his excitement and gratitude, acknowledging the support of his coaches, friends, and family. He described the achievement as a significant milestone that motivates him to strive for further success.

“I feel excited, especially having heard that weightlifting won Ghana's first medals, which motivated me in a way. I want to thank my coaches, former coaches, friends and family, and anyone supporting me,” he said.

Looking ahead to future competitions, Abeiku Jackson remains focused and determined. Despite narrowly missing out on gold in the finals, he remains optimistic about his chances in upcoming events.

“I always focus on myself. In the heats, I felt good, and in the final, I felt amazing hearing the crowd. Maybe today wasn't the day, but tomorrow we go again. It is five days of swimming, and I hope we can get on the podium and get the national anthem played,” he added.

The 24-year-old Ghanaian swimmer is scheduled to compete in various events, including the men's 50m backstroke, 100m butterfly, 200m freestyle, and 4×100 freestyle relay, as the African Games progress.

Team Ghana currently holds the eighth position on the medal table, having secured one gold and three silver medals, totaling four after day seven of the competition.

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