Rio 2016: Profile John Ampomah

John Ampomah finalJohn Ampomah GHA

Date of birth: 11 July 90

Age: 26 years

Height: 187 cm

Weight: 90 kg

Club/team: Mid. Tenn. State

Honours:

SWAG Male athlete of the Year 2015

Javelin All Africa Games Silver Medallist 2015

Javelin African Championships Silver Medallist 2016

Javelin African Championships Silver Medallist 2012

Javelin World Alltime no. 175 83.09 Cape Coast 8 Jul 2016

John Ampomah has come to define the true spirit of Ghana Athletics in recent times. He has been one of the most consistent national athletes since bursting onto the scene in 2012.

The national javelin record holder will be making his first appearance at the Olympic Games at the Rio 2016 Olympics in Brazil.

He has won three international silver medals for Ghana, breaking and extending the national javelin record and qualifying for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.

Background:

The former Konongo Odumase Secondary School student broke onto the scene in 2012, smashing the then 19-year old national record with a throw of 69.00m at the Maria Tsakos Junior Championships, in Tamale in March 2012.

 

The Konongo-born athlete continued his rise, winning silver at the 2012 CAA African Championship by extending his national record to 70.65m,

 

He improved the national record one more time at the 2012 rlg Grand Prix where he threw 73.69m.

 

His career has grown in leaps and bounds since moving to the United States of America on a Ghana Athletics Association sourced scholarship first to the Neosho County College in 2013 and moving to the Wiley College and later Middle Tennessee State University.

After a stellar season that saw him finish second at the NCAA Outdoor Championships (77.13), Ampomah was named Conference-USA Field Athlete of the Year- an award voted for by the league’s head coaches in 2015.

Back then, he was on the verge of making history by becoming the first athlete ever to win the Junior College National Championship, the NAIA National Championship and the NCAA Division I National Championship.

2015 was a breakthrough season for John Ampomah who became the first Ghanaian to hit the 80m mark in the javelin throw.

At the 2015 All Africa Games, John Ampomah won silver in the javelin throw, obliterating the national record for the 9th time with a throw of 82.94m. In the process, he narrowly missed qualification to Rio by .06m Ampomah’s throw bested the previous mark of 81.55m.

At the 2016 CAA African Championships in Durban South Africa, John went in search for the elusive 83m throw to qualify for the Games.

In the cold winter conditions in Durban, John was unable to clinch qualification. He cast a disappointed figure and needed to be consoled by Team Ghana officials.

Despite his disappointment, he added another silver medal to the country’s medal collection after throwing 75.22m to win a silver medal in the men’s javelin throw event.

Back from the African Championships, John Ampomah finally achieved the Rio 2016 Olympic qualifying standard after throwing a new national record 83.09m at the Soga-Nana Memorial meet at the Cape Coast stadium on Friday, 8th July, 2016.

His performance was an improvement over the 82.94m he achieved in 2015 and also met the IAAF’s Rio qualifying standard of 83m.

The former Middle Tennessee State University student is currently ranked 29th by the IAAF and is set to make his debut at the Olympic Games on 17th August in Rio.

He will become the first Ghanaian javelin thrower in recent times to grace the Olympic Stage at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.

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