Martha Bissah sets new collegiate record

MARTHAGhana’s golden girl, Martha Bissah, continues to make dazzling waves in the USA as she once again clinched another first in an 800-metre collegiate championship at the weekend.
Described as “unstoppable Martha” by her expanding fans, the freshman Martha Bissah produced a win in her first-ever collegiate 800m competition, while her senior Nickheila John posted two top-10 finishes in the sprints to pace the Spartan women’s track and field team at the Liberty University Kickoff on Saturday.
Bissah, who debuted last week with victory in the mile at the UNC Open, competed at Liberty in what is probably her best event.
According to nsuspartans.com, Martha, the 2014 Youth Olympic Games 800 gold medalist, finished with a time of two minutes, 12.14 seconds. That ranks as the fastest MEAC 800m time so far, this season.
Indeed, Martha did not only win but tore into smithereens the old record (2.12. 76sec) to carve out a new one.
Teammate Candice Higgins also ran well in the 800, taking fifth place in 2:16.65.
John showed well in both of her sprints. She placed second in her heat and third overall in the 400 meters, posting a time of 57.82 seconds. Chazmin Fullwood was close behind; placing sixth (57.97) and freshman Jada Key won her heat and was 19th overall in 1:01.13.
In the 200 metre race, John was again second in her heat, this time placing sixth overall in 25.19 seconds.
The Spartans are back in action next weekend when they travel to Pennsylvania for the Penn State National meet, hosted by Penn State.
With the assistance of the former chairman of the Ghana Athletics Association (GAA), George Lutterodt, and ex-national athlete Kwaku Nimako, Martha Bissah gained a full scholarship worth $32,000 to study at the Norfolk University in Virginia USA, in August 2016.

By John Vigah

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