Benjamin Azamati started his quest for his first Commonwealth Games medal with a strong performance in the 100m heats.
The Ghanaian advanced to the semi-finals after finishing first in his heat in 10.19 seconds.
Azamati was part of the 4x100m relay team that finished fifth at the World Athletics Championships in the United States last month, setting a new national record in the process.
The 24-year-old stated prior to the games that he had worked for years to make Ghana proud and was ready to do so in Birmingham.
“It is not going to be easy for anybody to win a medal just like any other competition in the world, but I am ready to shoulder the expectations of Ghanaians,” he told Graphic Sports.
“I believe it is time to make our years of hard work pay and I can’t wait to achieve that.”
“I have been working hard all these years to become a champion but unfortunately I’m yet to achieve a personal record.
“The experience has been very good for my career and I’m ready to put all that I’ve learned together and deliver a medal for Ghanaians.”
Azamati was a member of Ghana’s sprints quartet that won a gold medal in the 4x100m relay at the 2019 African Games in Rabat, Morocco, three years ago.