Seklorwu grabs Ghana’s first gold medal in Commonwealth Youth Games
Richard Seklorwu became the first Ghanaian athlete to win a gold medal in the history of the Commonwealth Youth Games, currently underway at the Apia Park Sports Complex in Samoa.
He made history after jumping 7.67m (3.2+) to emerge winner of the long jump male division event on day one of the Samoa 2015 Commonwealth Youth Games.
Seklorwu, who represented Ghana at the 2014 African Youth Games in Botswana, won gold ahead of Australia’s Thomas Wilson who jumped 7.48m and Northern Ireland’s Benjamin Fisher with 7.38m.
The T. I. AMASS Senior High School student served notice of his intent this season when he jumped a personal best of 7.62m at the Ghana Athletics Association (GAA) Open Championships in Kumasi to lead the GAA’s national long jump ranking.
Elsewhere, 400m runner Salomey Agyei has qualified for the women’s 400m final after clocking 56.22 secs in the 400m semi finals while middle distance runner Hellen Maasotuo came 7th in the girl’s 1500m final with a time of 5:02.14 min.
Agyei is currently ranked third on the GAA’s 400m ranking, having recorded a personal best of 55.27 secs at the National Circuit finals in Tamale.
Meanwhile, swimming sensation Jackson Abeiku Gyekye is yet to compete in the games.