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31.07.2021 Athletics

Tokyo 2020: Christian Amoah fails to progress after finishing 4th in weightlifting event

Tokyo 2020: Christian Amoah fails to progress after finishing 4th in weightlifting event
LISTEN JUL 31, 2021

Another day, another exit for Team Ghana at the Tokyo Olympics as Christian Amoah missed out on a chance to win an Olympic medal after finishing fourth in the men’s 96Kg in the weightlifting event.

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The 22-year-old cleared the first round successfully, making the 140 snatch and 165 clean and jerk.

The second round proved a daunting task for him, only clearing the 145 snatch and 170 clean and jerk on the second attempt.

This handed him a total of 315 and a position above Palestinian Hamada Mohammed and well behind Greece’s Iakovidis Theodoros (338), Tchatchet II Cyrille, a refugee Olympian (350), and Cuba’s Saez Vera Ofildes (359).

Amoah becomes the 6th Ghanaian to exit the games following earlier eliminations of boxer Samir Shakul, swimmers Abeiku Jackson and Unilez Takyi, triple jumper Nadia Eke and judoka Kwadjo Anani.

Amoah, who ranked number 4 in the Commonwealth Games list of category 96 kg athletes, was hoping to make his mark in his second Olympic Games.

Christian grabbed 3 Gold medals in the Africa Weightlifting Junior Championships in Uganda, 3 Bronze medals in the African Games in Morocco, and 2 Bronze medals in African Weightlifting Championships in Egypt.

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