National decathlon record holder Atsu Nyamadi got Ghana’s campaign at the 20th African Senior Championships underway at the Kings Park Athletics Stadium in Durban-South Africa, finishing third in the decathlon men’s long jump in 7.09m and the shot put in 13.83m respectively on Wednesday.
Atsu is the only Ghanaian athlete competing in the grueling decathlon event which is made up of ten track and field events.
The Middle Tennessee student, who won bronze in the decathlon at the 2014 CAA Championships, opened his account by finishing fourth in the 100m final in a time of 11.31secs.
He subsequently jumped 7.09m to place third in the decathlon men’s long jump before throwing 13.83m to take third place in the shot putt event. Meanwhile, promising 400m runner Agnes Abrokwah made her international debut in the women’s 400m, placing sixth in Heat 2 in 55.18secs.
Vivian Mills and Akua Obeng Akrofi failed to progress to the semi finals after clocking 54.79secs and 53.95secs in fifth place in Heat 1 respectively.
Sprinter Shadrack Adu Gyamfi came sixth in Heat 5 of the men’s 100m in 10.88secs.
Ghana is being represented by 28 athletes at the 20th CAA African Senior Athletics Championships which is taking place at the Kings Park Athletics Stadium in Durban, South Africa from June 22-26, 2016.
Sampson Laari progressed to the 800m semi finals on day one of the Championships on Wednesday.
The former Ghanaian youth athlete booked an automatic place in the semis after coming second behind Kenya’s Boaz Kiprugut in Heat 3.
Laari qualified for the African Championships after running a personal best of 1:46.44min at the 2016 NCAA Outdoor Championships on June 11.