Abeiku Jackson: Ghana’s History Maker At The Rio & Tokyo Olympic Games

Abeiku Jackson

The Rio 2016 Olympic Games was a historic one for Ghana, because for the first time in the nation’s history, it had two swimmers competing in swimming at the Olympics.

One of the swimmers is Abeiku Gyeke Jackson, who was 16-years-old at the time. The other was Kaya Forson, was also 16.

Abeiku Jackson (image via Fina)

Five years on, Abeiku represented Ghana again at the ongoing Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games and made Ghanaians proud.

Abeiku, who also specializes in the 50m freestyle, competed in the 100m butterfly event on Thursday, July 29, 2021, finsihing first in his Heat with a time of 53.39s. However, he missed out on the semi-finals of the 100m butterfly by 2 seconds.

Abeiku Jackson finished first in Heat 2 of the 100m butterfly at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games

He was, however, praised by Ghanaians who were proud of what he was able to achieve eventhough he could not advance to the next stage.

Abeiku started swimming at the age of three. He and his brothers, Kow Asafua Jackson and Kwesi Abbiw Jackson (who are also swimmers) were trained by their father, Abbiw Jackson, who is also the founder of GH Dolphins.

Abeiku Jackson (image via Fina)

Since he started competing as a swimmer, Abeiku has won over 30 gold medals at various international swimming competitions.

Abeiku has participated in competitions including 2014 World Championships, 2014 Commonwealth Games, 2015 World Championships, 2016 Olympic Games, 2016 World Championships, 2017 World Championships, 2018 Commonwealth Games, 2018 African Championships, 2018 Youth Olympic Games, 2019 World Championships and 2019 African Games.

Abeiku Jackson (image via Fina)

He currently holds 13 national swimming records in Ghana.

Aside from swimming, Abeiku loves foobtall and is a fan of Spanish giants, Real Madrid.

source: kuulpeeps.com

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