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Ghanaian Judoka Szandra Szogedi already an Olympic delight

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<p>Hungarian-born Ghanaian judoka Szandra Szogedi is already an Olympic delight few weeks into the games.</p> <p>Szogedi became the first Ghanaian female judoka to qualify after she secured her slot at the Almaty Judo Grand Prix event in Kazakhstan in May.</p> <p>She clocked 444 points to achieve the feat.</p> <p>Speaking to Africanews, Szandra said “It’s emotional because I just narrowly missed out on qualifying for the London Olympics and so its been a tough four years. It was hard time but i just kept my faith and kept going and qualified and I am really proud to be the first female judoka to represent Ghana at the Olympics.”</p> <p>Szandra’s husband-Alex Amoako, a Ghanaian is making her eligible to compete for the West African country.</p> <p>Her qualification she indicated is an end to a long chase.</p> <p>Szandra recently won her fourth medal at the African Judo Championship after clinching bronze in the 63k category at the 2016 African Judo Championship in Tunisia. A good showing in Rio is not up for debate.</p> <p>In total, she’s won seven medals made up of three gold and four bronze medals since making her Ghana debut four years ago.</p> <p>“I always say that at the Olympics everything is possible. What i want is to come off the tatami mat and to say i left everything there whether is one fight, two fights or an olympic gold, an olympic medal what ever it will be i really hope i can make the country proud,” she added.</p> <p>She has remained most consistent female judoka in the last few years and currently ranked 33th in the World rankings and 2nd in Continental Rankings.</p> <p>Ghana recently announced a 16-member contingent for the Games.<br /> All 16 are first-time Olympians, and will be hoping to make the country proud.</p>
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