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Weekly Update (March 3/28/2016)

posted 12 May, 16 • Category: News • Comments: 0
The second half of March signals that we are squarely in the throes of the outdoor season everywhere across the globe. The implication is that Ghanaian athletes now have legitimate opportunities to qualify for the African Championships and Olympic Games.

The second half of March signals that we are squarely in the throes of the outdoor season everywhere across the globe. The implication is that Ghanaian athletes now have legitimate opportunities to qualify for the African Championships and Olympic Games.















The second half of March signals that we are squarely in the throes of the outdoor season everywhere across the globe. The implication is that Ghanaian athletes now have legitimate opportunities to qualify for the African Championships and Olympic Games.


Not coincidentally, beginning in the next couple of weeks when Ghana’s remaining domestic circuit opportunities move onto the artificial surface--after Bolgatanga's cinder/sand track and Koforidua's grass track-- home-based Ghanaian athletes will also have fine opportunities to make qualifying bids for the national teams, and legitimately so with four competitions under their proverbial belts already.


For the record, the quest of GAA is to ensure that we take athletics around the entire country. This is why each year, the first two competitions will be on non-artificial surfaces, as fully half of Ghana's regions do not yet have a tartan track.



The summary below reflects the competitions between 12-26 March both in and outside Ghana. Most notable were Gemma Acheampong's and Suzie Acolatse's (outdoor) season opening performances: Gemma scorched a blazing 11.60s time to win the 100m in Florida; she came back with her fastest-ever time in the 200m (23.84s) only for that to be negated by a trailing wind of 2.8 m/s. Suzie sprinted to a time of 11.73s in her first-ever college 100m competition. Vivian MIlls' first 400m race this year, and since she moved to the IAAF camp in Mauritius, also produced a respectable time of 53.72s. Agnes Abu continued her domination of Ghanaian middle distance runners this year with a stunning 4 minute 29.98 second 1500m performance while, on Koforidua's grass surface, Mary Zuta confirmed her javelin superiority by throwing over 50m (50.04m) for the first time on home soil.


On the male front, half-miler Alex Amankwah made a fine return from his foot injury (he was spiked in the foot in his last 800m race of the indoor season) by posting consecutive personal bests in the 400m on March 19th (46.40s) and March 25th (46.34s). Samspon (Azumah) Laari also posted two personal bests, in his case in two different events. Sampson won the 800m in 1:49.78 on 18th March, and then came back even stronger to record a 14:16.14m 5000m time on March 25th; the latter time is barely 7 seconds from our 42-year old national record.


Remember to stay in touch with Ghana Athletics via our Facebook page, where you can also watch some of the athletes' outstanding performances, and send them missives of encouragement. Our page can be found at:https://www.facebook.com/AthleticsGhana?ref=hl






Source: Ghana Athletics Association (GAA)

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