Amankwah qualifies for 2015 World Championships

10-16-13 MWTR HeadshotsAlex AmankwahPhoto by Amelia J. BrackinAlex Amankwah (Alabama) ran a personal best 1.45.9 in the 800m to rank number nine in the world, and become Ghana’s first world championship qualifier for 2015.

The Alabama based athlete served notice of his intent this season when he ran 1.46.86 (NR) to set a new national indoor record and a world indoor lead on January 24.

After breaking Kennedy Osei’s national indoor ranking, his first 2015 outdoor race puts him within eight-tenths of one second outside Kennedy’s 21-year old national outdoor record.

He was born in Ghana on March 2, 1992, before migrating to the USA with his parents Erick Amankwah and Dorothy Nyarko in later years.

He has been on the Ghana Athletics Association’s radar for a while now and, received consideration for the 2014 Commonwealth Games/African Championship selection for the 4x400m relay team, after just missing the GAA’s 800m qualifying standard.

Elsewhere, sprint queen Janet Amponsah ran a wind assisted 23.27s on Saturday while Gemma Acheampong ran a personal best 11.56s and then came back with a 24.22s in 200m.

She was in the same heat as Doreen Adjie who ended up in 11.93s.

John Ampomah broke his national javelin record by half a meter on Friday (76.50m).

Ampomah’s new personal best replaces the previous mark of 75.99m, which he set at the Confederation of African Athletics Championships in August, 2015 where he placed 5th overall.

It was very remarkable that all of Ampomah’s six throws on the day would have won the competition.

Other decent performances this weekend: Agnes Abu ran 4.31.00 in the 1500m; Nadia Eke leapt 13.22m in the triple, Jordan Yamoah returning nicely at 5.10m in the pole vault.

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