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GAA Weekly Update April, 11th

posted 2 Jun, 16 • Category: News • Comments: 0

The beauty of April continues with a very active weekend boasting Ghana's 3rd National Circuit Championship (the first of the year on the artificial tartan surface) and exciting performances by some of our foreign-based athletes, most noteworthy of which was Sampson Azumah Laari's breaking of a 42-year old national record in the 5000 meters. Robert Hackman's national record had stood since 1974 and in 14 minutes, 2.22 seconds Sampson made it Ghana's newest record, the 3rd national record of this young outdoor season and the 18th of 2016 (after 15 indoor records).
An excellent 200m season opener from Emmanuel Dasor (20.82s) indicated that he is well on his way back from the injury that hamstrung him at the World Indoor Championship in March. Bless Dupeh, like Sampson, has started to blossom in her 3rd year, and registered a 55.06s personal best performance to move into second place in the national 400m rankings.
The home front produced fireworks the Ghana-based athletes finally put the cinder track of Bolgatanga and the grass field of Koforidua behind them, and boldly stepped into the Essipon stadium's tartan arena in Sekondi. Undoubtedly the highlight of Essipon was recent SHS graduate Deborah Acquah's* flirting with Nadia Eke's recently-set national triple jump record. Deborah soared 13.34 meters in the scorching sun to effectively book her place to the June African Championships in Durban, South Africa.
The penultimate race of the day--the women's 200m dash--certainly lived up to its billing with all eight ladies dipping under 24.90s in a hotly-contested race for bragging rights. Kumasi-based sprinter, Kate Agyeman, claimed top-dog status until May's El-Wak clash by dropping a fast, personal best time of 24.04s. In the men's 400m, Samuel Yaro claimed some very significant scalps on his way to a personal-best win in 47.33s.
A trio of middle distance runners--Matthew Nantierre (3:49.97), Akuka Awunime Williams (3:51.23), and last year's Circuit Championship 3000 meter runaway star, Prosper Goku (3:51.60) ran an unbelievable 1500 meter race in the torrid heat, with Nantierre missing the 19 year old national record by barely 3 seconds. On to next week, and the search for qualifiers continues!
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.

Source: Ghana Athletics Association (GAA)

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