Kwame Laurence PanAm

I asked for prayers ahead of my AIPS Ameri­ca Games ball throw title defence here in Manaus, Brazil, yesterday, at the hemispheric games for sports journalists.

At the 2015 Games, also in Man­aus, I jumped into the ball throw event after finishing second in the table tennis competi­tion. Unexpectedly, I struck gold in the 35-50 age group.

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