Deborah Acquah, who holds the national record in the long jump, won the bronze medal in her event at the ongoing Commonwealth Games in Birmingham on Sunday, August 7.
Acquah came in third after a leap of 6.94m in the final, only behind Australia’s Brooke Buschkuehl (silver) and Nigeria’s Ese Brume, who recorded a leap of 6.99m to win gold.
She missed out on the final of the women’s long jump event at the World Athletics Championships in Oregon but booked a final spot in Birmingham despite her late arrival.
The Ghanaian, who received her UK visa, only 48 hours before her scheduled event at the games on Friday, topped her qualifying group with a leap of 6.85m.
Two days later after her arrival in Birmingham, Acquah has a medal to show for her hard work and determination.
Acquah becomes the first Ghanaian woman in history to win a long jump medal at the Commonwealth games.
Her medal also sees her deliver on her words of not using her late arrival as an excuse to not perform at the games.
With Deborah Acquah’s medal, Team Ghana has now won five medals at the 2022 Commonwealth Games after Abraham Mensah, Joseph Commey, Wahid Omar and Joseph Paul Amoah.