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Seven competitors represented the nation (all men) in Athletics at the 1952 Olympics in Helsinki .

The Gold Coast along with British Togoland, now known as Ghana, competed at the 1952 Summer Olympics in Helsinki, Finland. Seven competitors, all men, took part in five events in one sport. It was the first appearance of the West African nation, which didn’t win a medal at its debut.

The athletes were; Men’s 100 metres – Gabriel Laryea, he did 11.1 s (3rd in heat, did not advance), George Acquaah did 11.2 s (5th in heat, did not advance).

In the Men’s 800 metres, Mohamed Sanni-Thomas ran 2:05.8 min (6th in heat, did not advance).

In the Men’s 4×100 metres Relay, Gabriel Laryea, George Acquaah, John Owusu, Augustus Lawson ran in a time of 42.1 s (4th in heat, did not advance).

James Owoo did the Men’s high jump qualification of 187 cm (he advanced to the final) with a jump of 180 cm (20th place).

William Laing competed in Men’s triple jump, by qualification jumping 14.09 m (did not advance).

Today marks 52 days to the Tokto 2020 Olympic Games. So far 15 athletes have qualified.

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