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Weekly Update (April 4/05/2016)

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The month of April is off to a great start as most of our foreign-based athletes initiated their outdoor seasons, with a some coming close to qualifying for the Rio Olympics on their very first attempt outdoors.

The month of April is off to a great start as most of our foreign-based athletes initiated their outdoor seasons, with a some coming close to qualifying for the Rio Olympics on their very first attempt outdoors.















The month of April is off to a great start as most of our foreign-based athletes initiated their outdoor seasons, with a some coming close to qualifying for the Rio Olympics on their very first attempt outdoors.


After a spectacular indoor season, in which she broke the national (indoor) 200m record, Flings Owusu-Agyapong stepped out in Florida on April Fool's day, to a very quick 100m personal best of 11.38 seconds, barely missing the Olympic qualifying time of 11.32 seconds by six-hundredths of one second.



Two days later, and halfway across the world in Mauritius, Vivian Mills opened her season in the 400m with a personal best too; in her case her 52.87 second time missed the Olympic standard by about six-tenths of one second. Vivian's time should be the fastest time run by a Ghanaian woman since Veronica Bawuah's Commonwealth Games performance of 52.58 seconds, EIGHTEEN years ago.


Beyond these stellar performances, rolling into April also brought notable personal bests in the 400m by Cheyenne Tunti (55.08s) and Akua Obeng-Akrofi (55.14s); for Akua, this is an incredible start, as it was her first-ever 400m race after moving up from the short sprints. The very quiet first week of April thus seems to foreshadows what should be an exciting month that produces Ghana more qualifiers for the Olympic Games and African Championships.


At home, the next two weeks promise an Open Championship at El-Wak this coming Saturday, followed the next week by the first National Circuit Championship of 2016 on the artificial/tartan surface (the first two Circuit Championships were on cinder/sand in Bolgatanga and grass in Koforidua, as GAA continues to fulfil the pledge of taking national caliber athletic competitions to all regions of Ghana, regardless of whether or not they have an artificial track).


What this means then, is that between now and mid-June, the six remaining competitions in Ghana should present a fine series of opportunities for our home-based athletes to stake legitimate claims to berths on the Olympic Games and African Championship teams.


Abroad, among the many outdoor competitions April brings, our women's 4x100m relay team has again been invited to participate in the famed "USA versus The World" relay battle at the Penn Relays in Philadelphia’ team plans to honor the invitation. Last year Team Ghana had to decline the prestigious invitation for logistical reasons.


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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