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Deborah Acquah is first Ghanaian woman to win medal in long jump

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Deborah Acquah in full flight

Deborah Acquah wins bronze in long jump

Deborah Acquah finished on the podium at the 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 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].

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.

Credit: sportsbrief.com

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