Team Ghana’s chances of winning a medal at the 2018 Youth Olympics has become slimmer with 4 of its 5 athletes out of the event.
But 17-year-old runner,Solomon Diafo is Ghana’s only hope of winning a medal in Argentina.
Diafo finished third with a time of 54.09seconds in heat one of the men’s 400m event and eighth overall with best of time to progress to the grand finale on Sunday.
Speaking after the race, Diafo appeared disappointed with the time he clocked to qualify for the final.According to him, once he couldn’t achieve a time closer to his personal targeted time of 45 seconds then it meant under performance.
“I feel very bad today because the time I run is not good for me ,you saw me crying because I couldn’t achieve my personal beat time but the coach told me that it wasn’t my fault and it was the weather.And I think it is true,the other African countries didn’t perform because of the weather.”
When asked about Sunday’s final when the weather temperature in Buenos Aires is expected to be around 28°C , Diafo remained coy about his answer.
“If the weather is good for me on Sunday I can do better it is not easy to run in 8degreea and 7 degrees weather.I’m not used to running in such weather .We didn’t come to Buenos Aries early so it affected all the African countries.That’s why the African n teams didn’t do well.
“I’m hopeful of winning a medal on Sunday, I will take the medal.I believe in God and I know he will help me in the final. Out of the 3 medals I have told Ghanaians that I won’t lose one and I am certain of that “.He told Joy Sports.
Meanwhile swimmer Abeiku Jackson and weightlifter Sandra Mensimah Owusu have completed their respective competitions and stand absolutely no chance in winning any medals at the event.
Sandra took part in the 58kg weightlifting event but failed to go beyond the 80kg jerk category.Captain of the team Abeiku Jackson also failed to make it to the finals of the 50m men’s swimming butterfly finals last Wednesday.