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Weekly Update (April 4/11/2016)

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What a difference a week makes! Flings Owusu-Agyapong opened her season in Gainesville, Florida last week, and came close to the Olympic qualifying mark, missing it by just six-hundredths of one second. Eight days later, she returned to Florida--this time

What a difference a week makes! Flings Owusu-Agyapong opened her season in Gainesville, Florida last week, and came close to the Olympic qualifying mark, missing it by just six-hundredths of one second. Eight days later, she returned to Florida--this time















What a difference a week makes! Flings Owusu-Agyapong opened her season in Gainesville, Florida last week, and came close to the Olympic qualifying mark, missing it by just six-hundredths of one second. Eight days later, she returned to Florida--this time to Miami--and landed on the better side of the Olympic qualifying mark.


Flings Owusu-Agyapong became Ghana's FOURTH Rio Olympic qualifier in Athletics (elsewhere known as Track & Field) when she turned in a lifetime personal best of 11.30 seconds. She then proceeded to barely miss the 200m qualifying mark by eight-hundredths of one second with another lifetime personal best of 23.28 seconds.


Running at the same competition but in different heats, Gemma Acheampong also ran two lifetime personal bests in the 100m (11.48s) and 200m (23.95s); the 100m mark is less than two-tenths of a second of the Olympic qualifying time. The lowering of their personal bests also stands our women's 4X100m relay team in good stead.


There was a host of other outstanding performances this first full week of April. Earlier in the week, competing at a prestigious multi-event competition in Athens, Georgia, Atsu Nyamadi and Elizabeth Dadzie, obliterated their personal bests by about 200 points each.


Atsu's point total of 7800 points is yet another national record (our first of this outdoor season), and is just 300 points shy of the automatic Olympic qualifying standard.


The middle distance duo of Sampson Laari and Agnes Abu also both produced personal bests in the 800m (1.48.01 and 2:05.7) in Auburn, Alabama.


And not to be outdone, Jordan Yamoah scaled his highest-ever height outdoors--and Ghana's second outdoor national record--flying over 5.40m in the pole vault, a mark eclipsed only by his indoor record of 5.41m set in March.


Also impressive was the 46.55s 400m curtain raiser from Emmanuel Dasor who was making a return from his injury at the World Indoor Championships a few weeks ago.


On the home front, the first of two domestic competitions this month came off at the Elwak Sports Stadium on Saturday. It turned out to be a very meaningful tune-up for next week's National Circuit competition in Sekondi/Takoradi.


The competition gave our home-based stars the first opportunity in three weeks to respond to their foreign-based counterparts...and there were some amazing performances. The highlight of the day came from new discovery Hor Halutie; this 17 year old, second year SHS student of AMASS stunned the entire stadium by putting away a bevy of much more experienced national-caliber sprinters.


Her personal best time of 11.93s was also special; her story gets more intriguing when one realizes that she hails from Wa in the Upper West region and finished JHS there in 2014, the year the National Circuit Championship concept was initiated, with the very first one held nowhere else than Wa.


In the high jump, the ongoing duel between Regina Yeboah and Abigail Kwarteng continued with the stakes literally getting higher. Regina Yeboah came out on top this time, matching Abigail's B-standard qualifier for the African Championships with a personal best leap of 1.76m.


But no, she wasn't satisfied with that clearance and went chasing the A-standard mark of 1.80m; and, oh, did she come ever so close to clearing that in her first two attempts. Young Rita Kyere threw down the gauntlet to her middle distance compatriots, running a quick 4.30.56m personal best time in the 1500 meters; her time is less than one second slower than foreign-based Agnes Abu's national leading time.


Next week, the domestic business continues in Sekondi, with the 3rd National Circuit Championship taking place at Essipon Stadium.


 





Source: Ghana Athletics Association (GAA)

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