Black Cranes qualify for 2018 Gold Coast C’wealth Games

Black Cranes qualify for 2018 Gold Coast C’wealth Games

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The national weightlifting team – Black Cranes has qualified for the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games to be held in Australia.

The team would be represented by Forrester Osei, Christian Amoah, Richmond Osarfo and Ruth Baffoe.
Team Ghana participated in the just ended Commonwealth Weightlifting Championship held in Australia and the Cranes secured a qualification to represent Africa at next year’s Games.
First to grab a slot was the only female lifter among the team, Ruth Baffoe who finished 9th out of 23 lifters in the women’s 53kg category.
She lifted 70kg for snatch and 81 for clean and jerk making a total of 151kg to seal a qualification for next year’s Games. In all, the top 12 lifters in the 53kg have qualified for the Commonwealth Games.
Christian Amoah followed suit after snatching 135kg and lifting 162kg for clean and jerk making a total of 297kg but could not win a medal.
He is currently ranked 8th out of 12 in that men’s 85kg category, a positions that qualifies him to the Games next year.
Forrester Osei competed in men’s 94kg category and made 140kg for snatch and 175kg for clean and jerk making a total of 315kg.
Up and coming lifter Richmond Osarfo did not only qualify for the Games but also won a silver medal in men’s 105kg category.
He snatched 140kg and made 180kg for clean and jerk giving him a total of 320kg. This is an improvement in his total by 13kg after making an entry into the competition with a total of 307kg.
Meanwhile, David Akwei also won bronze in the 62kg youth category after making a snatch lift of 82kg and 115kg for clean and jerk making a total of 197kg.
This was his first major international competition after joining the Ghana Weightlifting Federation (GWF) about two years ago.
He was scouted at the GWF youth development programme sponsored by Indomie and has been training with the national team since. This is a plus for the developmental programme after Richmond Osarfo also achieved a similar feat last year.

Credit GWF

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