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GAA Update: May 5th

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The second week of May returned Ghana Athletics to the Garden City of Kumasi, where the last three races mimicked a rising wave that crescendo-ed, if there is such a word, into the fastest women's 400m race in Ghana over the last couple years.


The trio of races commenced with Beatrice Gyaman finally returning to form with an indisputable 100m win in a time of 11.8 seconds. Next was the dominating win in the men's 200m for newcomer Martin Owusu-Antwi in 21.29 seconds.


By the time the 400m race was called, the last one of the day, few anticipated the exciting duel it was going to bring between Shawkia Iddrisu and 2016 newcomer Agnes Abrokwah, and when Agnes pulled away in the last 100m to finish in a time of 53.89 seconds, fans and spectators alike realized that they had just witnessed the fastest race in Ghana in the last couple of years; and, indeed, but for Vivian Mills' duet of 2014 runs in 53.03s and 53.85s, no one can recall a race on Ghanaian soil this fast in perhaps the last two decades. What that race did was whet appetites for this Saturday's National Championship Circuit leg at El-Wak Stadium in Accra.


Meanwhile, faraway, in climes with very foreign names, although most of our US-based athletes were off last weekend, as many of them rested ahead of their respective conference championships this coming weekend, there were a few performances worthy of mention. Perhaps the leading one was Akua Obeng-Akrofi's personal best 400m time of 54.20 seconds, noteworthy in part because this is probably only her 3rd or 4th 400m race, after converting from the 100m/200m shorter sprint genre just last month. As well, the weekend personal best performances of Myah Antwi in the discus (46.12 m) and shot putt (15.24 m) evidence the promise Ghana has in the throws. Emelda Malm-Annan also upped her personal best in the hammer throw to 56.55 meters. Across the other pond, in England, Sean Safo-Antwi opened up his season with two 100m clockings of 10.33s and 10.32s, and a personal best 200m time of 20.76 seconds, to go atop the national rankings in both events.


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Last week's commentary:
What a month April 2016 was, full of records and other inspiring performances from athletes both at home and abroad. The last week of April, though, certainly had the last laugh. For the first time in quite a while, no national records and no qualifiers. Yes, April taunted, but has fortunately delivered us into May, which will probably be the most crucial pre-Olympic month, as it clarifies who the prospective qualifiers for Durban (African Championships) and Rio (Olympic Games) will be. At home, the four last competitions beckon, two in May and two in June while, overseas, five more weeks of competition will round out out our pre-Durban selection period.


April left us with our women's relay still chasing the Olympic qualifying time; the much-awaited qualifying opportunity at the USA versus the World competition at the Penn Relays fizzled when two of our ladies collided and one succumbed to a fall and some injuries, fortunately minor. Clearly, the team needs some time in camp together to get accustomed to each other's speed and their respective tendencies, in order to perfect our baton changes.


Still, there were a few notable performances from the past week, probably led off by John Ampomah's repeat as Penn Relays champion in Philadelphia in the javelin with his season's-best throw of 77.81 meters. Not to be outdone, Agnes Abu raced to a personal best of 2.05.26 minutes in the 800 meters. This was a particularly exceptional performance if you take into consideration that after running two races at the Penn Relays in Philadelphia on Saturday, Agnes flew all the way to the West Coast on Saturday night to race in California on Sunday, where she produced this personal best time. Elizabeth Dadzie also raced to her 2nd-best lifetime performance in the 100m hurdles in 13.58 seconds. Emelda Malm-Annan unleashed a lifetime personal best of 56.02 meters in the hammer, while Sean Safo-Antwi opened his outdoor season account at 10.33 seconds in the 100m, in his first competition since switching to Ghana.


As usual the updated rankings are attached with the extra feature this week, being the indication of athletes' ranking in Africa's Top-50, and whether they have met the A or B qualifying standard for Durban, both reflected in red italics in the 5th column of the chart.
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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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