Boost for Ghanaian athletes

Three triple jumpers recorded impressive jumps in separate events to knock the doors of the national athletics team as the All Africa Games scheduled for August approaches.

Nadia Eke competing in her secondary event jumped a personal best of 6.08m over the weekend.

She was followed by Michael Bruce, who leaped a personal best of 7.56m and Elizabeth Dadzie, affectionately known as ‘the Chosen One’ who flew across the pit and landed at the 6.29 metres mark.

Other very notable performances of the week include Jordan Yamoah’s return to the top of the African performance list with his lifetime second-best vault of 5.36m and Ama Larbi’s season’s best equalling time of 59.64s in the 400m hurdles.

On the home front, the brightest performances included Beatrice Gyaman’s electronically timed 11.90m result in the 100m on grass; John Osei Kofi’s 21.68m performance in the 200m; Prosper Goku’s 8:50m 3000m time; Kofi Boison’s 2.00m high jump and Emmanuel Ofori-Asante’s season leading discus launch of 45.54m, all at the weekend’s National Circuits at Sunyani.

Ghana now has 12 qualifiers for the African Games and set to add the men’s 4×4 team for that event.

Also, on the Africa ranking list, Ghana has 12 top-10 performances recorded.

They include Jordan Yamoah, John Ampomah and Atsu Nyamadi, all ranked first in pole vault, javelin and decathlon; Janet Amponsah rated fourth in 100m and 200m and Nadia Eke who is ranked fourth in triple jump.

Elizabeth Dadzie is sixth in the heptathlon ranking just as Flings Owusu-Agyapong is in the 100m and Alex Amankwah in the 800m.

Gemma Acheampong is eighth in the 100m with Lydia Mato in ninth in the 3000m.

By Andrew Nortey

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