U.S-based Ghanaian athletes excel

Atsu Nyamadi US-BASED Ghanaian athlete Atsu Nyamadi excelled in a two-day Bulldog Decathlon at the Spec Towns Track competition in the USA to break the previous Ghanaian record.

He tallied 7,532 points and concluded the two-day decathlon in fourth behind Garrett Scantling (8,232 pts), Gonzalo Barroilhet (7,805 pts) and Tommy Barrineau (7,762 pts).

“He did a good job and was solid all the way, setting the Ghana national record in the process,” said head coach Dean Hayes.

“Atsu achieved personal-bests in the pole vault and in the 110-meter hurdles.

Nyamadi also claimed first in the discus throw with a 43.50-meter toss (142′ 08″), netting him 736 points.

He started the day with a tough 110-meter hurdle, racing in to the wind, but placing sixth (15.06). In the pole vault, he cleared 3.75-meters (12′ 3.5″), while also tossing the javelin 65.63-meters (215′ 04″).

The 1,500-meter closed the events for the day, with Nyamadi racing to a second-place finish in 4:43.53).

“What he did during this meet will give him a shot at scoring high in the multi events at the Conference USA Championship,” Hayes said.

Meanwhile, John Ampomah claimed Conference USA honours after his performances at the Tiger Track Classic.

Ampomah’s accolades marks the second-consecutive week for the junior javelin thrower.

Ampomah, a junior captured the top spot in the javelin with his 76.50-meter (251′) toss, and again broke the Middle Tennessee javelin record.

His performance ranks third in the NCAA and his score helped the Middle Tennessee squad rank No. 26 in the first USTFCCCA Outdoor rankings.

“John has been better every meet, and is a hard worker and very competitive,” said head coach Dean Hayes.

“He broke the national record for Ghana, which is great. He really has the ability to do some great things and we hope he can get better as the year goes on.”

Another US-based Ghanaian, A first year student from Newark, Roland Attoh-Okine, in his outdoor season-debut, clocked a 14.75 in the 110m hurdles at the Colonial Relays hosted by William & Mary last Saturday

Wesley College’s Attoh-Okine was named the eastern College Athletic Conference Division III South Men’s Track & Field ‘Rookie of the Week’.

This is the first time that Attoh-Okine has received a weekly award in his collegiate career.

Attoh-Okine’s mark ranks 10th in the whole of the United States and is the top time among freshman.

He also led off the Wolverines’ sprint medley relay which set a school-record in 3:31.10.

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