Athletics Disappoint Ghana Again

Alberta AmpomahGhana was again hit with disappointment when both the men and women 4X100 Relay team failed to advance to the finals from the heats at the Hampdon Park Stadium, Glasgow last Saturday.

Ghana’s quartet of Daniel Gyasi, Solomon Afful, Kwadwo Acheampong and Emmanuel Dasor, were disqualified at the end of the race, after they placed fifth.

This follows errors in the exchange of the batons in the race.

In the Women’s 4X100, Flings Owusu Agyapong, Gemma Acheampong, Beatrice Gyaman and Doreen Agyei were not good enough to advance to the finals and were at the end of the race, disqualified for errors in the exchange of batons though placed seventh in the race.

However the disqualification did not have any impact on the team, as the fifth and seventh positions were not good enough to secure places in the finals of the competition.

It would be recalled that, Ghana won silver in Women’s 4X100m Relay in the last Commonwealth Games, in Delhi, India.

Flings Owusu Agyapong speaking to, said she was disappointed they failed to make it to the finals.

She however noted that, it is a team for the future if given the needed exposure.

Gyama also described the outcome as a huge disappointment saying “it’s painful we are out but the changing of the baton really affected us”.

“I think if Janet Amponsah was part it could have been a different story by now”.

*England’s Nicola Adams added Commonwealth gold to her Olympic title with victory in the women’s flyweight final in Glasgow on Saturday.

Adams, who became the first woman to win an Olympic boxing medal in London two years ago, overcame Northern Ireland’s Michaela Walsh to take the gold.

The Leeds-born competitor was handed the win on a split decision – a call that led Walsh to state her belief that she had been “cheated” out of the title.

Walsh’s compatriot Paddy Barnes fared better in winning the men’s flyweight event, while New Zealand’s Shelley Watts was victorious in the women’s lightweight.

Elsewhere, it was a day of dominance for Nigeria in the women’s powerlifting, with Esther Oyema and Loveline Obiji sealing success in the lightweight and the heavyweight events respectively.

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