How Ghanaian Athletes performed at the 2017 World Athletics Championship

The 16th edition of the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) is currently being held in London after it took off from August 4 at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in Stratford.

Ghana had representatives in both the track and field events but yet another disappointing display by the representatives at the on-going IAAF championship in London. This year saw Ghana have the largest representation of four Athletes.

Ghana has won just two medals at the IAAF championship – bronze and silver in 2005 – which was held in Helsinki with Ignatius Gaizah picking silver in long jump whiles Margaret Simpson had bronze in Heptathlon.

With the IAAF currently on-going in London, let’s look at how team-Ghana performed at the Olympics.


NADIA EKE
The 24-year-old, a triple jumper, failed to qualify for the next 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 hold the record for both indoor and outdoor triple jump event.
However, she has a gold medal in both African Championship in 2014 and Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) in South Africa in 2016.


JANET AMPONSAH
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.


ALEX AMANKWAAH
Being his second time, Alex Amakwaah, 25, has qualified for the IAAF World Championship after missing out on the 2015 edition in China due to visa issues. This is his first time of participating at the world championship.

Amakwah went into the competition with many Ghanaians hoping he could make the nation smile but his 1 minute 47.22 seconds could not qualify him to the next stage as he finished 4th.


EMMANUEL DASOR
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 All Africa Games in 2015 in 4x100m event.
Another disappointing campaign for team Ghana as the future looks bleak in terms of athletics in the country.

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