Category: World Sports Created on Monday, 03 September 2012 16:37 Published Date Written by All Ghana News Hits: 341
London, Sept. 2, GNA – Medal hopeful Anita Fordjour, gave out a disappointing performance in the finals of the Women’s 100 meters T53 category, as she placed seventh in a race that paraded one of the best in that category at the 80,000 capacity seater Olympic Stadium, Stratford, on Sunday evening in the 14th Paralympic Games in London.
Fordjour who was highly tipped to make an impact in the race managed a disappointing 18.91, far below her standard qualification time she made before securing a place in the competition.
The Ghanaian, who was making her debut appearance in the Paralympics, was outclassed by her competitors most of whom have enviable track records.
The event saw defending Paralympic and World Champion Huan Lisha of China winning the gold medal with 16.42seconds though she failed to break the Paralympic and World Records which stood at 16.22.
She was followed by another Chinese Zhou Hongzhuan with a time of 16.90 second, whilst Angela Ballard of Australia picked the third position with 17.14 seconds.
George Ekem Ferguson coach of the athletics team told the GNA Sports that he suspected Fordjour was tensed up for the race days before adding, that might have caused her poor outing which was far below her standard performance.
“She came to the competition with a very good time of 17.00 and above, only crumbled here with a disappointing 18.91 seconds, which was not usual. I am sure she got tensed up on seeing the huge crowd.
“We suspected she was having some fear yesterday and we did our best to psyche her up, but she could not get over it. She could have done better than that.” He stated.
Fordjour, will now have to concentrate on the women’s 200 meter race on Tuesday at the same venue in a bid to revive the hope of Ghana in the competition.
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