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Ampomah breaks national javelin record with 81.55m throw

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This end of April weekend is typically a quiet one, highlighted by RELAYS competitions; this is the weekend that both the celebrated Penn Relays (with its USA vs the World competitions) and Drake Relays are ran.

This end of April weekend is typically a quiet one, highlighted by RELAYS competitions; this is the weekend that both the celebrated Penn Relays (with its USA vs the World competitions) and Drake Relays are ran.

27 April 2015

This end of April weekend is typically a quiet one, highlighted by RELAYS competitions; this is the weekend that both the celebrated Penn Relays (with its USA vs the World competitions) and Drake Relays are ran.

Most college athletes spend the time running on their schools’ relay teams. So, for instance, at the Drake Relays Elizabeth Dadzie, unknown to us in Ghana as a runner, did only three events: she ran the 4x100m, the 4x400m, and then ended with another 400m leg on the 1600m distance medley (where the 4 athletes run 200m, 200m, 400m and 800m to total 1600m). So, our noted jumper/heptathlete ran two 400m races and a 100m, all as relays.

Similarly, at the Penn Relays, rather than run individual races, Emmanuel Dasor was asked to do duty on his school’s 4x100m and 4x400m teams, and like Elizabeth also ended up running the same distances she ran: one 100m and two 400m races, as their 4x400m made it into the finals; he ran the fastest leg (46.5s) on his fifth place team.

Yet, despite the focus on relays, some of our athletes managed to return some incredible times, the most notable of which included top-class performances that we highlight below:

Janet Amponsah – Janet ran a personal best 11.29s in the 100m into a strong -1.3 m/s headwind. This legal time is an automatic qualifier for this year’s World Championships. More notably it surpasses the 2016 Rio Olympic Games qualifying standard set by IAAF. It moves her to the no. 2 ranking in Africa (the fastest being 11.28s), and to no. 25 in the World ranking.

Janet came back the same afternoon with a personal best clocking of 23.04s in the 200m, as she continues to flirt with the Ghana national record. This time is the fastest time ran by a Ghanaian since September 16, 2006, and ranks her as Africa’s current no. 1, and no. 28 in the world. The mark also automatically qualifies her for this summer’s World Championships in Beijing, and is superior to the qualifying standard set for next year’s Rio Olympic Games.

John Ampomah – John threw an immense 81.55m to obliterate his national record from earlier this year, by 5 meters and 5 centimeters. In Sergey Bubka fashion, this is his 8th national record since his discovery in 2012. The 80m mark in the javelin is one of distinction, akin to the 10.00s mark in the men’s 100m and the 11.00s mark in the women’s 100m. That mark puts him no. 2 in Africa (16 inches behind the Egyptian who won last year’s World Cup), and no. 11 on this year’s World ranking. John’s mark is only 18 inches under the World Championship qualifying mark.

Jordan Yamoah – Jordan’s recovery from last year’s injury continues, and he is progressively scaling increasingly higher heights. This week, he moved up again, to 5.22m in Houston, Texas. Already qualified for the African Games, this mark moves him into the no. 3 position on the African ranking.

Other notable performances from this weekend include Nadia Eke‘s 13.39m jump and Atsu Nyamadi‘s personal best mark in the pole vault of 4.10m. Nadia is currently ranked no. 3 in Africa, and no. 26 in the world, while Atsu–in the decathlon–is ranked no. 1 in Africa and no. 24 in the world.

Other Ghanaian athletes currently on the world ranking are World Championships qualifier, Alex Amankwah (no. 6 in Africa behind 5 Kenyans and no. 10 in world in the 800m) and Flings Owusu-Agyapong (no. 5 in Africa and no. 50 in the world in the 100m).

Ghana Athletics currently has TWO athletes qualified for the World Championships and 11 qualified for the African Games.

Below are the latest rankings as of 25 April, 2015:

**** Rio Olympic Games Qualifier

*** World Championship Qualifier

** African Games A standard

* African Games B standard

Indoor performance


Janet Amponsah 11.29s**** 25-Apr Personal Best

Flings Owusu-Agyapong 11.44s* 11-Apr

Gemma Acheampong 11.56s* 04-Apr Personal Best

Suzie Acolatse 11.65s* 14-Mar

Janet Amponsah 11.67s* 27-Mar

Doreen Agyei 11.93s 04-Apr

Akua Obeng-Akrofi 11.99s 03-Apr

Dorcas Gyimah 12.00s 11-Apr Personal Best

Stefania Gyamfi 12.03s 04-Apr Personal Best

Shekara Boakye 12.17s 03-Apr

Janet Mensah 12.19s 27-Feb

Happy Abruyah 12.34s 11-Apr Personal Best

Latifa Ali 12.38s 27-Feb

Jennifer Ntiamoah 12.46s 27-Feb


Janet Amponsah 11.12s (5.1 m/s) 28-Mar

Suzie Acolatse 11.52s (3.6 m/s) 18-Apr

Akua Obeng-Akrofi 11.78s (3.6 m/s) 11-Apr

Shekara Boakye 11.79s (2.3 m/s) 11-Apr

Doreen Agyei 11.87s (3.9 m/s) 10-Apr


Janet Amponsah 23.04s**** 25-Apr Personal Best

Flings Owusu-Agyapong 23.88s 11-Apr Personal Best

Suzie Acolatse 23.88s 18-Apr Personal Best

Stefania Gyamfi 23.96s 25-Apr Personal Best

Akua Obeng-Akrofi 24.05s 07-Mar

Gemma Acheampong 24.22s 04-Apr

Stephanie Aidoo 24.30s 12-Mar Personal Best

Doreen Agyei 24.44s 04-Apr

Juanita Mainoo 24.61s 18-Apr Personal Best

Shekara Boakye 24.84s 21-Feb

Lynette Akai 24.99s 27-Feb

Kate Agyeman 25.14s 14-Mar


Gemma Acheampong 24.14s (2.1 m/s) 21-Mar

Lynette Akai 24.73s (3.1 m/s) 04-Apr


Cheyenne Apesibah Tunti 55.29s 11-Apr

Lynette Akai 55.84s 26-Feb

Janet Amponsah 55.88s 18-Apr Personal Best

Stephanie Aidoo 56.20s 13-Feb

Bless Dupeh 56.65s 18-Apr Personal Best

Salome Agyei 57.21s 14-Mar

Ama Larbi 57.56s 10-Jan

Vida Ayiglo 58.17s 27-Feb Personal Best


Agnes Abu 2.10.66m 03-Apr

Martha Bissah 2.12.78m 11-Apr

Salome Agyei 2.16.88m 27-Feb

Helen Maasutuo 2.16.94m 27-Feb Personal Best

Vivian Fosuaah 2.18.29m 27-Feb Personal Best


Agnes Abu 4.31.00m 03-Apr Personal Best

Sakat Lariba 4.38.96m 14-Mar Personal Best

Helena Maasotuo 4.43.66m 14-Mar Personal Best

Vida Ayaayine 4.48.98m 11-Apr Personal Best

One Mile

Lydia Mato 5.03.35m 07-Mar


Lydia Mato 9.53.76m 14-Apr Personal Best

Elizabeth Azuure 10.16.67m 14-Mar Personal Best

Charlotte Fordjour 10.25.58m 14-Mar Personal Best

Hawa Kombat 10.27.0m 11-Apr Personal Best

Mariama Yakubu 10.36.48m 27-Feb Personal Best


Lydia Mato 16.51.75m 10-Apr Personal Best

Elizabeth Azuure 17.06.73m 11-Apr Personal Best


Elizabeth Dadzie 13.95s* 18-Apr Personal Best


Ama Larbi 59.64s 03-Apr

High Jump

Regina Yeboah 1.60m 14-Mar

Ellen Botwe 1.60m 14-Mar Personal Best

Elizabeth Dadzie 1.59m 28-Mar

Long Jump

Nadia Eke 6.06m 18-Apr Personal Best

Elizabeth Dadzie 6.05m 20-Feb

Ebony Owusu-Sampah 5.90m 06-Feb, 07-March

Felicia Frimpong 5.76m 27-Feb Personal Best

Latifa Ali 5.60m 14-Mar Personal Best

Ellen Botwe 5.49m 27-Feb Personal Best


Ebony Owusu-Sampah 5.92m (5.2 m/s) 23-Apr

Triple Jump

Nadia Eke 13.32m** 01-Mar, 14-Mar

Mathilde Boateng 12.88m 21-Feb

Elizabeth Dadzie 12.40m 07-Mar


Nadia Eke 13.39m (2.1m/s) 24-Apr

Elizabeth Dadzie 12.61m (3.0 m/s) 11-Apr

Shot Putt

Obeng Marfo 15.22m 23-Apr Personal Best

Claudia Ababio 14.18m 12-Feb


Obeng Marfo 46.42m 23-Apr Personal Best

Claudia Ababio 45.00m 21-Mar Personal Best

Myah Antwi 44.87m 10-Apr Personal Best


Claudia Ababio 50.82m 21-Mar Personal Best


Mary Zuta 42.28m 11-Apr


Elizabeth Dadzie 5144p* 28-Mar


John Osei Kofi 10.53s 11-Apr Personal Best

Solomon Afful 10.53s 21-Mar

Emmanuel Dasor 10.56s 03-Apr

Tim Abeyie 10.58s 18-Apr

Katakyie Ofori-Atta 10.68m 28-Mar Personal Best

Emmanuel Oduro-Mensah 10.70s 11-Apr Personal Best

Emmanuel Appiah-Kubi 10.72s 12-Mar

Stephen Opoku 10.72s 12-Mar

Desmond Aryee 10.74s 11-Apr

Shadrack Adu-Gyamfi 10.80s 18-Apr

Shadrack Opoku-Agyeman 10.82s 11-Apr Personal Best

Roland Alena 10.87s 12-Mar


Solomon Afful 10.44s (3.6 m/s) 11-Apr

Tim Abeyie 10.56s (2.2 m/s) 18-Apr

Shadrack Adu-Gyamfi 10.62s (2.3 m/s) 11-Apr


Emmanuel Dasor 20.85s* 11-Apr

Solomon Afful 21.21s 12-Mar

John Osei Kofi 21.22s 14-Mar Personal Best


Emmanuel Dasor 20.79s (2.1 m/s) 19-Apr

Solomon Afful 21.14s (2.6 m/s) 11-Apr


Daniel Gyasi 46.30s 11-Apr Personal Best

Emmanuel Dasor 46.58s 14-Apr Personal Best

Robert Anaak 48.42s 14-Mar


Alex Amankwah 1.45.91m*** 03-Apr Personal Best (Ranked World #10)

Prince Owusu 1.49.93m 17-Apr

Herns Agyeman-Duah 1.50.51m 03-Apr Personal Best

Sampson Azumah Laari 1.51.48m 18-Apr Personal Best


Sampson Azumah Laari 3.52.55m 10-Apr Personal Best

Alex Amankwah 3.55.23m 28-Mar Personal Best

One Mile

Samson Azumah Laari 4.21.01m 07-Mar


Samson Azumah Laari 15.21.92m 21-Feb

Malik Yakubu 15.24.63m 14-Mar


Yakabu Ibrahim 14.78s 18-Apr


Awal Faisal Mohamed 53.70s 14-Mar Personal Best

Barnabas Dompeh Aryee 53.73s 14-Mar Personal Best

Duncan Nuakoh Agyeman 53.85s 14-Mar Personal Best

Pole Vault

Jordan Yamoah 5.22m* 25-Apr

Atsu Nyamadi 4.10m 25-Apr Personal Best

High Jump

Atsu Nyamadi 2.01m 01-Feb

Long Jump

Richard Seklorwu 7.44m 14-Mar Personal Best

Michael Bruce 7.41m 28-Feb

Mohammed Abubakar 7.38m 22-Apr

Atsu Nyamadi 7.34m 01-Feb

Solomon Atosona 7.23m 07-Mar

Triple Jump

Nana Owusu-Nyantekyi 15.67m 01-Mar

Edgar Panford 15.63m 21-Mar

Michael Bruce 15.31m 01-Mar

Martin Etsey 15.17m 11-Apr

Atsu Nyamadi 15.04m 06-Dec

Shot Putt

Emmanuel Ofori-Asante 15.77m 11-Apr

Atsu Nyamadi 14.20m 09-Jan

John Ampomah 14.13m 09-Jan


Emmanuel Ofori-Asante 43.89m 11-Apr

Atsu Nyamadi 43.50m 09-Apr


John Ampomah 81.55m** 25-Apr National Record (Ranked World #11)

Atsu Nyamadi 65.63m 09-Apr

Awudu Bachela 61.64m 14-Mar Personal Best

Emmanuel Gyefa 60.25m 14-Mar Personal Best


Atsu Nyamadi 7532p** 09-Apr National Record

Source: Ghana Athletics Association (GAA)

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