The Fifth Ghana-Ivory Coast Games, held this past weekend in Abidjan resulted in a victory for the Ghanaian athletes.
The Fifth Ghana-Ivory Coast Games, held this past weekend in Abidjan resulted in a victory for the Ghanaian athletes. The overall score was Ghana 164.5, Ivory Coast 152.5. This year's games were given added significance, by the presence of two former Olympic champions from the United States, Jesse Owens and Mal Whitfield. The games were also attended by U.S. Ambassador John Root, Ethiopian Ambassador Haile Mechecha, and officials from Ivory Coast and Ghana.
The margin of victory for Ghana was in the track events, where Ivory Coast managed only four victories out of the ten events. Ghana was also successful in the soccer and boxing competition, while Ivory Coast won the basketball and volleyball competitions.
SYNOPSIS: The Houphouet-Boigny Stadium in Abidjan was the stage, this past weekend, for the Fifth Ghana-Ivory Coast Games. The opening ceremonies were given added importance by the presence of the former Olympic champion from the United States, Jesse Owens -- here being greeted by the Ghanaian Minister of Sport and the Ghanaian Athletic Team.
The Ivorian Minister of Youth and Sport, Etienne Ahin, was also on hand to introduce the Olympic champion to the athletes from the Ivory Coast. Another former Olympic contestant from the United States, Mal Whitfield, joined Owens in greeting the teams. Whitfield has been in Ivory Coast since mid-April, talking to sport officials concerning athletic programmes.
One of the closet events in the games, was the men's one-hundred ten metres hurdles. Debremou was the winner in fourteen-point-five seconds, three-tenths of a second over Karikari from Ghana.
One of the most beautiful events is the javelin throw. Gagne, from the Ivory Coast, set a new African record of seventy-seven and a half metres. Although this competitor did not clear the bar, Ivory Coast took first place in the pole vault.
The women's one-hundred meters hurdles found Titro of Ivory Coast victorious by more than a full second over Nyako of Ghana.
As many dignitaries attending the Games looked on, the winners of the race took their places on the rostrum.
The most exciting event was the men's fifteen-hundred metres race, which saw Henri of Ivory Coast come from behind to take victory in three minutes, fifty-nine-point - two seconds.
Despite the Ivorian showing here, Ghana won the Games on overall points.