Ghanaian Athletes Fine Tune Preparation Towards Olympic Games

Vida Anim and Ignisious Gaisah were given a taste of what to expect at the London Olympic Games when they took part in the South West Championships and the London Grand Prix respectively. Gaisah breezed through wet conditions at the Samsung Diamond League in Crystal Palace on Friday, 13th July, 2012, capturing 7th place with a jump of 7.86m. He later told that the meet was very useful to him but admitted that he needs to work on a few technical issues before the Olympics get underway. Gaisah competed against some of the best jumpers in the world including Irving Saladino of Panama, South Africa’s Godfrey Khotso Mokoena and Australia’s Mitchell Watt who won with a jump of 8.28m. In a related development, sprinter Vida Anim, a specialist in 200m, opted for the 400m event in Exeter as part of her revised training program leading up to London. Vida resumed full training last week after sustaining a hamstring injury at the African Athletics Championship in Benin last month (June 27th, 2012). Officials of Team Ghana are hopeful with Vida’s progress so far and are confident the national sprint Queen will be ready before the games. Vida and Ignisious are part of the Ghana Olympic team currently camping at the University College Plymouth Marjon, in the south-west of the UK in the lead up to the Olympics. They are joined by lone weightlifter Alberta Ampomah and her coach Meti Fetrie. Meanwhile, African heptathlon Queen Margaret Simpson has resumed training after a two-day hiatus to treat gastrointestinal problems.