US-based Ghanaian breaks 23-yr old record

Mato  receiving an award for her consistent feats

Mato receiving an award for her consistent feats

Ghana’s Lydia Mato has set a new national record in the 3000m after running an astonishing 9:31.97 to win the 2015 Nebraska Invitational last Saturday.

Her new mark improved on the 9:46.8 national record set by Gifty Abankwa in 1992 as well as beating her own previous mark of 9:53.76 which she ran at the Jacobs Norman OK on 18 April.

She served notice of her intent early this season when completing an unprecedented four gold medals, wining the 5000m, 3000m, one mile, 1000m, and coming 2nd in the 800m, at the NJCAA Region 6 (Regional) Championships in February.

This was after she had chalked success at the US Cross Country Championship late last year, becoming the first Ghanaian ever to win a US Cross County Championship at any level in US school system.

With the benefit of hindsight, perhaps she was definitely bound to go after the national records in the middle and long distance events after winning all those laurels at the Cross Country and JUCO.– Ghana Athletics Association

*Joseph Lamptey lost the chance to win the hitherto vacant Commonwealth and WBC Silver International Welterweight titles following a seventh round technical knockout loss to Sam Eggington, a Nigerian descent in Birmingham, United Kingdom lastSaturday night.

On the same card, another Ghanaian boxer, Isaac Quaye lost a surprising first round TKO to his opponent Kal Yafai in their showdown to complete the humiliation for Ghanaian boxing.

Lamptey fell to 18-6 (12 KOs) after Ennington staggered the Ghanaian backwards in the seventh round where it became clear the visitor from Ghana had a bruised face and was breathing heavily, According to a Sky Sports report.

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