Impressive start for Ghana athletics

Sampson Laari (right) in action

Sampson Laari (right) in action

Ghanaian athletes campaigning on international platforms have started the new athletics season on an impressive note.

Less than a month into the new athletics calendar, four athletes have been captured in the top 10 global ranking of their respective disciplines.

They include Nadia Eke, Sampson Azumah Laari, Alex Amankwah and Agnes Abu.

Eke is ranked fourth best triple female jumper; Azumah as the eighth best one mile runner; Amankwah ninth in the 400m athletics event and Agnes Abu ranked 10th best in female 800m athletics.

Laari last weekend (Jan 14) broke the national 3000m record by half minute, clocking 8 minutes, 5.88 seconds.

The other national record of the week fell to Gemma Acheampong, who blazed 39.01 seconds to knock off an entire second off her personal best, in what was obviously a sprinted 300 meter race.

Elsewhere, Agnes Abu cemented her credentials as Ghana’s number one in the middle distance after producing another lifetime best in the 800 meters, coming home in 2 minutes, 5.13 seconds.

Abu came so close to breaking the 12 year old national record held by Akosua Serwaa.

Also in the 800m event, former youth champion Martha Bissah posted an indoor lifetime best of 2 minutes 12.14 seconds, a shade inside Patience Akwangoba’s outdoor victory at the Mini-GUSA Games in Cape Coast a week and a half ago.

On the sprint front, Martin Owusu-Antwi and Solomon Afful posted incredible times of 21.33 seconds and 21.39 seconds, in their respective indoor competitions.

On the women’s side, the quartet of 2016 Olympians posted decent times in the 60m dash: Gemma Acheampong (7.44s); Persis William-Mensah (7.47s); Akua Obeng-Akrofi (7.56s); and Janet Amponsah (7.59s).

By Times Sports Reporter

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