Ghana Returns Fast Time At AAC

GHANA’S 4x100m relay team ran the fastest time by a Ghanaian team at an African Athletics Championship since 1998 after winning a silver medal in a time of 39.28s at the ongoing Confederation of African Athletics Championship (AAC) in Marrakech, Morocco last Tuesday.

The relatively inexperienced team, which was made up of three debutants, including a 400m runner, gave Nigeria a run for their money before claiming silver in a pulsating race.

400m runner Daniel Gyasi gave Ghana a good start before Solomon Afful ran a brilliant back straight, handing over to Emmanuel Dasor who ran a splendid curve to pass the baton on to Tim Abeyie. But a strong finish by Nigeria’s Mark Jelks denied Team Ghana the ultimate prize.

Nigeria won the very competitive event in a time of 38.80, followed by Ghana in 39.28 while Algeria clinched third place in 39.89.

Ghana has participated in nine editions of the African Championships since 1998 and the 4x100m quartet wrote their names into the history books as one of the best teams with their splendid display.

The quartet of Daniel Gyasi, Solomon Afful, Emmanuel Dasor and Tim Abeyie eclipsed the previous performance by the national relay team at the last African Athletics Championship in Benin, where Ghana ran 39.40 to win a bronze medal.

Tim Abeyie, the only surviving member of that last 4x100m relay team of 2012, commented about the team’s performance.

“Good. It’s better than the last time in Benin when we came third and the time is an improvement over the time in Benin.

In other events, Elizabeth Dadzie confirmed her status as heir to Ghana Heptathlon Queen, Margaret Simpson, after winning a silver medal in the heptathlon at the 19th African Athletics Championship in Marrakech, Morocco.

The Iowa Central College student garnered 5826 points to take second place behind Burkina Faso’s Martha Koale.

Dadzie’s achievement is remarkable considering the fact that she is making her debut on the seniors circuit this season after taking up the event just a year ago.

A specialist long jumper,the 19 year old sensation looks to have finally arrived .

There was more good news for Ghana in the field events as Mary Zuta Nartey also won silver in javelin with a throw of 52.57m to take Ghana’s tally at the events to five.

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