ECOWAS U-20 Championships @ Cape Coast was a success – GAA

ECOWAS U-20 Championships @ Cape Coast was a success – GAA

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The Ghana Athletics Association (GAA) has described the maiden edition of the ECOWAS U-20 Athletics Championship, held last weekend at the Cape Coast Sports Stadium, as a success.

According to the Secretary General of the association, Bawa Fuseini, there has been lots of lessons learnt which would be implemented in the development of the sport for Ghana to bounce back in the discipline.
Speaking in an interview with the media, he said the GAA was happy with the organisation and co-ordination from stakeholders in making the event a remarkable one.
He said one of the outstanding features in the championship was Ghana’s Hor Halutie’s ability to achieve her personal best in the ladies’ 200m race, which was even better than what she did at the Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, Australia.
He also added that the GAA would capitalise on the good of the games and work on their athletes for future competition like the All Africa Games, Youth Olympic Games and the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games.
The championship brought together over 100 athletes aged between 18 years and 19 years from 14 West African countries to compete for laurels at the Cape Coast Stadium.
In the men’s 100m race, Omubo Gashon from Nigeria won gold in 10.54secs, followed by Edwin Gadayi from Ghana with a time of 10.57secs, and Alaba Akintola from Nigeria winning bronze with a time of 10.63secs.
In the men’s 800m, Sambo Hamid from Nigeria won gold with a time of 1:53.09, followed by Chaibou Illa also from Nigeria with a time of 1:53.63secs, and Osei Frederick from Ghana winning bronze with a time of 1:53.70secs.
In javelin, David Fianu from Ghana threw a distance of 56.18m to win gold, followed by Sharif Salifu, also from Ghana, with a distance of 54.34m, and Yacouba Loue from Burkina Faso finishing third with a distance throw of 33.13m. Ghana won the men’s 4x100m relay with a time of 40.77secs, followed by Nigeria with a time of 40.91secs and Cote d’Ivoire with a time of 43.23secs.
William Amponsah from Ghana won the men’s 5000m race with a time of 14:25.26secs, followed by Essodjenam Adjeya from Togo with a time of 15:29.36secs and Mohammed Diara from Mali with a time of 16:00.05secs.
In the women’s division, Joy Udo-Gabriel won the 100m with a time of 11.74secs, followed by Ghana’s Hor Halutie with a time of 11.74secs and Rosemary Chukwuma with a time of 11.78secs.
Elizabeth Bamtefa Adeyinka from Nigeria won the 1500m race with a time of 4:36.90secs, followed by Rita Kyereh with a time of 4:8.60secs, and Celina Datieke Lare from Togo with a time of 4:52.47secs.
In the 4x100m relay, Ghana won the race in 45.80secs, followed by Nigeria in 46.43secs and Cote d’Ivoire in 49.88secs.

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