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RIO 16: 13 THINGS WORTH KNOWING ABOUT GHANA'S EARLIER PERFORMANCES AT THE OLYMPICS

From the 5th day of August to the 21st day of the same month, Rio de Janeiro  will host this year's summer Olympic Games. This will be the first time the international multi-sport games will be staged in a Portuguese speaking country. The first ever in a South-American city.
10,293 athletes have confirmed their participation at the games. Ghana will be among the 207 countries competing for honors in the various events. Ghana will be represented at the competition by 16 athletes. These are 13 things you need to know about Ghana's previous appearances at the global games ahead of this year's edition.

1. 7 athletes represented Ghana at her maiden appearance at the games.

2. Ghana first appeared at the Olympic games in 1952 staged in Helsinki, the capital of Finland.

3. James Owoo made it to the finals of the men's high-jump at the Helsinki games. That went down as Ghana's first qualification to a final stage of any event.

4. Ghana has never won a Gold medal at the Olympic games.

                                                          Team Ghana
5. After the 1952 games, Ghana has been to 12 more of the games with 2012 being the latest.

6. Ghana's highest ranking at the games is 32nd, a feat achieved at the 1960 games held in Rome, Italy.

7. The National Olympic Committee for Ghana was created in 1951.

8. Clement Quartey, a Light Welterweight boxer, won Silver at the 1960 games. It happened to be the first ever medal won at the games by a Ghanaian athlete.

9. In 1992, the Black Meteors (U-23) became the first senior African football team to win a medal at the Olympic games. The team notably had names like Kwame Ayew, Yaw Preko, Shamo Quaye, Nii Odartey Lamptey and Mohamed Gargo won bronze at the games held in Barcelona.

                                                         Nii Odartey Lamptey

10. Aziz Zakari made it to the men's 100metres final in 2000 and 2004 but failed to finish the race because of a hamstring injury.

11. Ghana's fastest man ever is Leonard Myles-Mills. He run 9.98 in 1998 to become the first Ghanaian to break the 10-second barrier. In 2000, at Sydney and 2004 staged in Athens, he managed to make it to the men's 100metres semi-finals.

12. Eddie Blay Snr and Prince Amartey  have also etched their names in the record books by winning medals at the 1964 and 1972 games respectively. They both won bronze in Boxing games.  Amartey hapens to be the last person to win a medal in an individualistic sporting event for the West African nation.

13. Ghana has won 3 bronze medals and a silver medal at the Olympic games. Totaling 4.

                                                           Aziz Zakari
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