Ghanaian athletes in the USA put on an array of solid INDOOR performances for their various universities and national team rankings this past weekend.
The heroics at two different university league championships started off with Ghana’s former Youth Olympics champion, Martha Bissah, sweeping four medals at the 2017 MEAC Indoor championships for Norfolk State University (NSU).
In the process, Bissah shaved 7 seconds of Agnes Abu’s month old national record in the indoor Mile with a clocking of 4:53.48 minutes.
Less than 24hrs later, Abu returned the favor with an impressive performance that saw her better Bissah’s day old record by 10 seconds and shaved 17 secs off her previous personal best. Abu reclaimed her national record with clocking of 4.43.61 minutes at the 2017 C-USA Indoor Championships in Birmingham, Alabama.
Surprisingly, both ladies claim the shorter 800m as their specialty. Abu is currently ranked 16th at the NCAA Indoor Division 1 level with a time of 2:04.72 minutes while Bissah is ranked 89th with a season best of 2:09.42 minutes.
Abu’s time of 2:04.72 minutes is only 0.15 seconds off the national 800m indoor national record set by Akosua Serwaa in February 2004.
OTHER NOTABLE PERFORMANCES FROM UNIVERSITY CHAMPIONSHIPS IN USA:
Other notable performances during the weekend saw national decathlete, Atsu Nyamadi, set a new national record in the indoor Heptathlon at the 2017 C-USA Indoor Championships with mark of 5,505 points. The old record was 5,465 points.
Emmanuel Dasor retained his C-USA 400m indoor title with a performance of 46.54 seconds and Solomon Afful claimed his first NCAA D1 conference title with an impressive 21.00 seconds in the indoor 200m.
Sprinter Janet Amponsah moved to the number 2 spot on Ghana’s all-time 200m indoor list with 23.54 seconds to finish second at the C-USA Indoor Championships.
Abigail Kwarteng, who left Ghana 4 weeks ago, registered a new personal best of 1.76 meters in the High Jump putting her 5 centimeter’s off the national indoor high jump record set in 2006 by Ruki Abdulai (1.81m).