Seventh place finish for Ghana’s swimming team at 13th African Games

Abeiku Jackson was Ghana's hero at the event, securing a silver and bronze medal in the Men's 50m Butterfly and Men's 100m Butterfly, respectively

The 13th African Games swimming competition concluded on Wednesday (13 March) at the Borteyman Sports Complex Aquatics Centre.

Ghana’s swimmers made a significant mark, capturing two medals (1 silver and 1 bronze) and finishing seventh in the overall swimming medal table.

Ghana’s journey for swimming glory started on 9 March while Unilez Takyi and Joselle Mensah narrowly missed the Women’s 100m Freestyle final, Abeiku Jackson emerged as the hero. Jackson secured a silver medal in the Men’s 50m Butterfly, clocking an impressive time of 24.23 seconds.

He further solidified his success with a bronze medal in the Men’s 100m Butterfly, showcasing his talent on the continental stage. Jackson’s achievements propelled Ghana to a commendable seventh-place finish, just below Mauritius and Teeluck Anishta’s single gold medal in the Women’s 200m Backstroke.

Other Ghanaian swimmers displayed strong potential despite falling short of the podium. Harry Stacey narrowly missed a medal in the Men’s 100m Freestyle, finishing just outside the top three. Nubia Adjei and the Women’s 50m Backstroke and Breaststroke teams (Takyi and Mensah) also competed fiercely but couldn’t secure podium finishes. The Ghanaian relay teams showcased strong teamwork, with the Mixed 4x100m Freestyle Relay team finishing close behind bronze medalist Algeria. The Mixed 4x100m Medley Relay team and the Men’s 4x100m Freestyle Relay team also displayed promising performances.

South Africa dominated the swimming competition of the 13th African Games, securing a staggering 46 medals (17 gold, 16 silver, and 13 bronze). Egypt followed closely with 35 medals (16 gold, 15 silver, and 4 bronze), while Algeria secured the third position with 23 medals (7 gold, 6 silver, and 10 bronze).

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