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Sports News Fri, 23 Aug 2019

African Games: Jackson seventh in swimming final, no medals in table tennis, boxing

Ghana’s Abeiku Jackson failed to clinch a medal after finishing seventh in Thursday's final of the men’s 50m butterfly at the ongoing African Games in Morocco.

Jackson crossed the finish line in 24.50 seconds, an improvement on the 24.62 seconds he recorded in the heats.

The final was won by Egypt’s Abdelrahman Elaraby with Ali Khalafalla also of Egypt coming second and Ryan Coetzee of South Africa finishing third.

Also, on Thursday, in the men’s team table tennis event, Ghana lost 3-0 to Egypt.

The Ghanaian team had Derek Abrefa, Samuel Akayade and Felix Lartey in its ranks but they could not match the Egyptians in the match.

The team then went on to beat Senegal 3-2 to finish 5th in that event.

The final event for Ghana on the day was boxing. Abdul Wahid Umar beat Abdlbasit Bin Khayr of Libya 4-1 in the preliminary round of the men’s lightweight 63kg.

But there was no joy for Selasi Damalie, Benson Nii Adom Addo and Kwesi Abubakar who were eliminated from their respective divisions.

Selasi Damalie was defeated 23-3 by Tunisia’s Yaccine Khezami In the men’s 58-63kg.

In the men’s 54-58kg, Benson Nii Adom Addo drew a bye in the preliminary stage but he lost to 17-9 Chad’s Casimir Betel in the quarter-finals.

Kwesi Abubakar Quartey lost 5-0 to Tabi Sofiane of Algeria in the men’s middleweight 75kg quarter-final.

Source: Myjoyonline.com