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GAA Weekly Update: April 27th

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

In the midst of the three-week respite our domestic athletes have before they re-congregate for the May 7th Kumasi Open Championship, our foreign-based athletes continued their onslaught on our nation's athletics records, to signal the arrival of this new generation of athletes who should carry Ghana forward over the next decade.

After shattering Robert Hackman's 42-year old 5000 meter record last week, Sampson Azumah Laari turned his attention to Seth Bortey's 19-year old 1500 meter record, and clipped over three seconds off that record, in returning a time of 3 minutes 43.58 seconds on Saturday. For the record, this is Sampson's 4th national record of 2016, after he also broke Ghana's indoor mile record twice.
Agnes Abu, Sampson's college teammate, and middle-distance record-breaking colleague--she also broke the indoor mile record twice during the indoor season--missed our national 1500m record by barely 2 seconds.
Meanwhile, in the triple jump, a short week after new Ghana-based discovery Deborah Acquah came within a hair (6 inches) of touching her national record in the National Circuit Championship in Takoradi on April 16th, Nadia Eke re-asserted herself by breaking her own record THREE times in the same competition. By the end of the day on Saturday, April 23rd, our new triple jump national record stood at 13.52 meters. Nadia's and Sampson's records moved our 2016 record tally to 5 outdoor records already this young season, and 20 overall this year (after 15 indoor records).
Other noteworthy performances of the week included Flings Owusu-Agyapong's 11.30 sec 100m dash, which equaled her Olympic qualifying time (and personal best) from the previous weekend, proving that her qualifying for Rio was no fluke at all; Emmanuel Dasor's 10.38s personal best in the 100m, as he stepped down to flirt with the short sprints; and Akua Obeng-Akrofi's personal best of 54.36s in only her third-ever 400m flat race.
Now, let's hold our collective breaths and watch our women's 4x100m relay team next Saturday, after they received an invitation to compete in the prestigious "USA versus the World" relay contest at the PENN RELAYS in Philadelphia this coming Saturday. We wish them the best in their Olympic qualifying quest.
Meanwhile, continue to follow 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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