Fiaseman Senior High School is extremely proud of one of its products, Deborah Acquah. Deborah Acquah set a record by imprinting her name in Ghanaian long jump folklore. She successfully progressed to the medals stage and obtained bronze at the 2022 Commonwealth Games in Birmingham.
The young athlete jumped 6.94 meters to achieve her personal best and also set a new national record but most importantly make the podium by claiming bronze in the women's Long Jump finals.
Deborah finished with bronze behind Nigeria's Ese Brume and Brooke from Australia, who picked up gold and silver respectively at the Commonwealth games. The Ghanaian long jumper finished behind Ese Brume of Nigeria (7.00m), and Australia's Brooke (6.95m) with a leap of 6.94m.
Her 6.94 meters, which was her personal best, set a new national record that she held prior to the games in Birmingham.
Deborah becomes the first Ghanaian woman in history to win a Long jump medal at the Commonwealth Games and the third Ghanaian athlete to have ever won a medal in the event after Ignisious Gaisah’s gold in 2006, bronze in 2010, and Joshua Owusu’s bronze in 1974.
Her story has been that of sheer grit and persistence despite the clear obstacles that came her way, which could have derailed her dream of attaining glory. She only arrived in Birmingham on Friday at midnight and went straight to the qualifiers, which she passed with distinction to the finals. Two days later, she picked up a medal and etched her name in national folklore.
Many Ghanaians could not keep calm as Deborah's victory was a remarkable one for the country and her alma mater. Many others have sent in congratulatory messages for her wonderful feat.
Deborah Acquah has also been encouraged to keep winning more laurels as the people of Ghana remain extremely proud of her. What are your thoughts on the ongoing discussion?
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