The eighth Ivory Coast-Ghanian friendship games took place in Abidjan, from the 6th to the 13th, of September.
GV: start of 400 metres men's event.
SV: crowd watching.
SV: finish of 400 metres mens' event with Bandou of Ghana winning and Avognan Nogbou of Ivory Coast coming second.
SV: track officials look on as Loue Nogbou of Ivory Coast pole vaults. (2 shots)
LV PAN: women's 400 metres in progress with Celestine of Ivory Coast winning, followed by Afusah of Ghana in close finish.
SV: crowd cheering.
SV PAN: Athletes competing in 5,000 metres.
SV PAN: Oseigh of Ghana winning 5,000 metres, with Kouassi of Ivory Coast second.
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Background: The eighth Ivory Coast-Ghanian friendship games took place in Abidjan, from the 6th to the 13th, of September. competitions were held in swimming, volley-ball, football, boxing, basketball and athletics.
SYNOPSIS: In the men's 400 metres event, Georges Bandou of Ghana took the gold medal when he won from Avognan Nogbou of the Ivory Coast with a time of 45.45 seconds. Bandou's time was more than two and a half seconds better than that of Nogbou, who took 48 seconds flat for his silver medal.
The Ivory Coast took the gold in the pole vaulting event with a height of 3.90 metres, (12 feet 9 1/2 inches) achieved by Loue Nogbou.
In the women's 400 metres, N'dri Celestine delighted her home crowd when she won from Assah Afusah of Ghana in one minute, 24.05 seconds. Her time was just a little over one and a half seconds better than that of the Ghanaian, who clocked one minute 25.64 seconds.
Ghana took home the 5,000 metres gold with an impressive win by Georges Oseigh, who breasted the tape in 15 minutes 9.96 seconds. This was 2.71 seconds better than the time turned in by Daniel Kouassi of the Ivory Coast for the silver.