Janet Amponsah crashes out

Janet Amponsah - placed 6thJANET Amponsah yesterday scampered her way into Ghana’s ‘casualty’ list when she was eliminated from the women 200m event at the Rio Olympics.

The 23-year-old, who won silver at the 2010 Commonwealth Games, had a personal best of 22.99 secs jetting into the race at the Estádio Olímpico João Havelange.

If for nothing at all, she was expected to better her personal best time, but amazingly crumbled after what appeared to be a good take-off. At the end, the seemingly single-minded athlete, who was running in Lane 1 of the 4th heat, could only finish in sixth place in a time of 23.67s.

The race, predictably, was won by Jamaica’s Elaine Thompson who snatched the 100m gold at the ongoing games two nights earlier.

The 24-year-old sprint queen clocked 22.63s. Qualifying alongside her to the semi-final was Germany’s Gina Lückenkemper (22.80s).

Perhaps, the result is not all-too surprising as Amponsah joins a long list of Ghana’s representatives at the games who failed to go past the first round.

Teenage swimmers Kaya Forson and Abeiku Jackson, Christian Amoah (weightlifting), Szandra Szogedi (judo), Alex Amankwah (athletics, 800m), Abdul Wahid Omar (weightlifting) and others, all fell apart in their opening contest.

From John Vigah, Rio de Janeiro

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