The 16th edition of the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) is currently being held in London after it took off from August 4, 2017 at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in Stratford.
Ghana had representatives in both the track and the field events, but yet another disappointing display by the representatives at the on-going IAAF championship in London. This year, Ghana had the largest representation of four athletes.
Ghana has won just two medals at the IAAF championship. Ghana can only boast of a bronze and silver in 2005 which was held in Helsinki with Ignatius Gaizah picking silver in long jump, while Margaret Simpson had bronze in Heptathlon. The championship surely marks another disappointing campaign for team Ghana as the future looks bleak in terms of athletics excelling in major tournaments.
The 24-year-old, a triple jumper, failed to qualify to the next stage of the competition after making a distance of 13.54 meters instead of the qualifying mark of 12.20 meters.
Eke is ranked 34th in the world and holds the record for both indoor and outdoor triple jump event.
She, however, has a gold medal in both African Championship in 2014 and Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) in South Africa in 2016.
She holds the national record for both indoor and outdoor triple jump events and in 2014.
The 200m sprinter choked a time of 22.77 seconds in lane three in the women’s heat last night. However, she came 4th in the women’s heat event and could not qualify for the next round. The 24-year-old picked the qualification at the War Eagle Invitational Meet in the USA, where she clocked a time of 23.10s in the women’s 200m final. Amponsah represented Ghana at the Commonwealth Games and the 2016 Olympic Games Rio.
After failing to qualify in his maiden appearance at the tournament in 2015 due to visa issues, Alex Amankwah, 25, failed to make Ghana proud. Amankwah went into the competition with high hopes of causing an upset to the tournament favourites, but his 1 minute 47.22 seconds could not qualify him to the next stage as he finished 4th.
The 25-year-old set a national record of 1 min: 44.80 seconds in 800 metres earlier in the year which secured him qualification to the championship. Amankwah represented Ghana at the 2016 Olympic Games and holds both the national indoor and outdoor records for the 800 metres distance.
Unlike the other athletes who competed but failed to make the required time, Emmanuel Dasor was stricken by a knee injury and couldn’t step up to compete. However, he holds a bronze medal at the All Africa Games in 2015 in the 4x100m event.
In a career spanning 2012 to 2017, the Western Kentucky University student has represented Ghana at the IAAF World Juniors, Commonwealth Games, CAA Championships, All Africa Games and at the 2016 Rio Olympics last year. He won silver as a member of the men’s 4X100m relay team at the 2014 CAA Championship and bronze in the men’s 4X100m at the 2015 All Africa Games.
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