My target was silver medal at Commonwealth Games – Deborah Acquah
Ghanaian long jumper record holder Deborah Acquah has revealed that her goal for the 2022 Commonwealth Games was a silver medal, but she is happy with the bronze that she won in Birmingham.
Acquah is one of five athletes from Ghana that competed in the just-finished Games and earned medals.
She finished third in the women’s long jump with a leap of 6.94 meters in the final, just behind Nigeria’s Ese Brume and Australia’s Brooke Buschkuehl, who both won gold with leaps of 6.99 meters.
Acquah had to put a challenging voyage behind her because she had just 48 hours until her first expedition when she arrived in Birmingham. She remarkably made it to the final, when she became the first Ghanaian to take home a medal in the long jump event at the Commonwealth Games.
Acquah and the other medal winners arrived back in Ghana earlier this week and received a joyful welcome.
Acquah and the other medalists returned home earlier this week and were greeted warmly by Ghanaians.
Speaking on Tv3’s Warm Up+ Acquah said, “It’s a good feeling knowing that I’m the best jumper in Ghana even though sometimes I wish we had other jumpers to create a competition.”
“There’s always someone who is better than the other and I knew Ese Brume from Nigeria was very good and the one that came second was also very good. I wasn’t really expecting them to beat me but Ese Brume is a really good fighter so even if I wasn’t thinking of winning gold, I was thinking of silver.”
In July, at the 2022 World Athletics Championships in Eugene, Oregon, United States, she failed to progress to the final of the competition in the women’s long jump.
“I felt bad about my performance at the World Championships. I was so nervous going into the competition. Even the night before the competition I didn’t sleep, not even one hour,” She added.