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2018 Winter Olympics Ghana's medal hopeful; Akwasi Frimpong misses out after heats

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Out of 30 athletes, Frimpong came last in both first and second heats at 53.97 seconds and 54.46 seconds respectively.

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Ghana's first male skeleton athlete to qualify for the 2018 Winter Olympics Akwasi Frimpong has been booted out of the competition just halfway stage of the men's game.

Out of 30 athletes, Frimpong came last in both first and second heats at 53.97 seconds and 54.46 seconds respectively.

For now, the 32-year-old athlete can just be hopeful for a better game on Friday when the competition concludes with two further runs.

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Yun Sung-Bin of South Korea came first with 0.74 seconds and a total time of 1 minute 40.35 seconds after two runs

The Ghanaian athlete has received much attention for his colorful helmet which has won the hearts of many.

His helmet has an illustration of a rabbit inside the mouth of a lion.

“My former sprint coach Sammy Monsels talks about the analogy of a rabbit in a cage, ready to escape from a lion,” Frimpong said in an email Monday. “I am that rabbit, and I have escaped the lions [of my past]. I am no longer being eaten by all the things around my life.”

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The former track athlete, who was raised in Ghana but moved to the Netherlands at the age of 8.