The main event of the eighth Ivory Coast-Ghana games started in the Ivory Coast capital Abidjan on Monday (6 September).....
CU ZOOM OUT TO GV: flags and crowds around pool.
SV: Ivory Coast team in red tracksuits on left PAN TO Ghanaian women competitors on left
SV: start of men's 200 metres freestyle with Victor Bloh of Ivory Coast in lead.
SV PAN: crowd
SV: Vector Bloh winning and judges, and second place finishing.
SV: women's 100 metres backstroke in progress.
SV: Jacqueline Grebo of Invory Coast just in front.
SV: crowd look on as Grebo wins. (2 shots)
SV |: meets 400 metres freestyle in progress with Victor Bloh leading along final length.
SV: Bloh winning and second placed finishing.
The only other event in the games was an international volleyball match in Abidjan which the Ivory Coast won 15-3, 15-7, 1559.
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Background: The main event of the eighth Ivory Coast-Ghana games started in the Ivory Coast capital Abidjan on Monday (6 September).....
SYNOPSIS: ....the swimming competition. The event was held at the state pool and attracted an enthusiastic crowd hoping to see the French speaking west African country defeat Ghana, their English speaking neighbours to the east.
The Ivory Coast team, in the red tracksuits on the left, were led by the experienced Victor Bloh who has his back to the camera. The Ghanaian women's team is on the left of the Ivory Coast men. One of the events the spectators were looking forward to most on the first day was the men's 200 metres freestyle. Ivory Coast captain Victor Bloh soon made his presence felt going straight into the lead - but he was trailed by two Ghanaians Joshua Aikus and Avit Kohi.
The crowd were confident Bloh could stay in front-and sure enough he came in to win in two minutes 20.9 seconds, a full ten seconds ahead of Aikus, who took second place for Ghana.
The women's 100 metres backstroke was a closer affair. Jacqueline Grebo of the Ivory Coast slowly edged ahead, urged on by the home crowd, but Ghana's Denise Hurward was not to be easily shaken off. Grebo finally won by three seconds but the Ghanaian girls took the four by 100 metres relay.
The Ivory Coast went into Tuesday the second and final day with a 45 to 25 point lead in the men's 400 metres freestyle helped them keep their overall lead. Bloh this time beat Aikus of Ghana by more than ten seconds to help his side to a 89 to 49 point victory. The Ivory Coast women won 44-36 and the Ivory Coast won the soccer in Daloa the following night 3-1. The games end with a return soccer match in the capital Abidjan on Sunday (12 September), and this year they undoubtedly belong to the Ivory Coast.