In 1972, Ghana was asked to send a swimmer to the Olympics on short notice, so the then-Minister of Sports, Hon. Fiifi Badu, took a fast tour of the country’s coastlines and chose one of the best fishermen to represent Ghana.

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Kwamena Ntow, a native of Elmina, was his name.The whistle blew, and Ntow instantly dove deep beneath the pool, anticipating waves to arrive and sweep him on. After a while, he understood this was not the sea, therefore he remained under the pool and eventually came back just as the others were returning.

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Because the Olympic pools were not transparent at the time, it was considered that Ntow swam deep below the surface and back before the others.
Ghana won its first ever Olympic gold medal throught that.


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