Ghana’s former weightlifting idol, Juliana Arkoh, has broken new grounds in the powerlifting world in Canada at the weekend, after clinching four gold medals.
The supremely talented versatile athlete was reported to have demonstrated great derring-do at the 8th Commonwealth Powerlifting Championship 2019 at the Holiday Inn Hotel in St. John’s Newfoundland, on her way to glory.
With a performance pavilioned in power, splendour and grit, the 21-year-old Ghanaian rocked the auditorium as she picked medals in the squatting, dead-lift and bench press phases of the prestigious competition – after nine brave attempts.
Reports say Ms Arko mushroomed into an instant house-hold name in Canada after endearing herself to the packed auditorium that had some Ghanaians chanting among the crowd.
“I’m really excited by this feat which without a doubt is going to serve as the much-needed motivation for me to carve more laurels in the sport,” she told the Times Sports yesterday.
Twelve countries including hosts Canada, England, USA, Ireland, South Africa and India took part in the highly competitive event.
The young Mankessim-born powerlifter expressed profound appreciation to the President of the Ghana Powerlifting Federation (GPF), Godwill Joseph Agyeman, for the opportunity to compete with some of the finest in the sport.
“I’m really appreciative of this opportunity and looking forward to more of such events to make the nation proud,” she asserted.
Arkoh won an imposing eight medals at the African Weightlifting Championships held in Casablanca, Morocco, in December 2013.
That breathtaking feat made her the Ghanaian athlete to have won the highest number of medals in a single competition.
Despondently, a year later, the artistic athlete fell out of favour with chieftains of the Ghana Weightlifting Federation (GWF) over alleged unpaid per diem and bonuses during the World Youth Championship in Nanjing in 2014.
Three years later, Ms Arko found her new love – powerlifting.