In the sporting field of swimming, few names ring a bell like Abeiku Gyekye Jackson, the 19-year-old swimming sensation who has bagged over 30 gold medals in his short career. Born in 2000 and having begun swimming as early as at the age of three, Abeiku has been a national discovery in the water sport.
He currently specialises in the 50-meter freestyle and also competes in the 100m freestyle, 50m butterfly, and 100m butterfly. Abeiku holds Ghanaian national records in 13 disciplines, including freestyle, butterfly, breaststroke, and backstroke events over distances from 50 to 400-meters. He has also set records at the CANA Africa Zone 2 Swimming Championship in Dakar, Senegal where he won the 100meters Butterfly Men, with a new CANA Zone 2 championship record of 57:56.
He represented Ghana in the 50-meter freestyle at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Among medals won are nine gold medals won at the 40th International Schwimmfest held in Arnsberg, Germany in May 2015. He received special recognition at the 38th awards of the Sports Writers Association of Ghana (SWAG) in 2013 where he was voted ‘Discovery of the Year 2013’.