GOC President Ben Nunoo Mensah applauds Ghana 4x100 team

GOC President Ben Nunoo Mensah applauds Ghana 4x100 team

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…Hails IOC Solidarity Support For Athletes

The President of the Ghana Olympic Committee (GOC) Mr. Ben Nunoo Mensah has sent a congratulatory message to the national 4x100 team describing them as "gallant athletes and Ambassadors of Ghana".

He said the nation expected them to qualify and they did it marvelously, however they could not get a medal following their disqualification in the final race.

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Mr. Ben Nunoo Mensah noted that their performance at the World Athletics Relay staged in the Silesian Stadium, Chorzów, Poland has earned Ghana much respect, and urged them to sharpen their rough edges for a better show at the Tokyo Games.

According to the GOC President some of the athletes are on the IOC Solidarity Scholarship which has buoyed them to put up the wonderful performance.

He said more athletes like the weightlifters, the Black Cranes and the fencing team are preparing to qualify and wished them success.

The Minister for Youth and Sports Mr. Mustapha Ussif has also sent his message on behalf of the President, HE Nana Akufo Addo and the Sports Ministry.

Ghana's Men Quartet comprising  Sean Sarfo-Antwi, Benjamin Azamati-Kwaku, Joseph Oduro Manu and Joseph Paul Amoah finished second with an impressive time of 38.79 seconds behind the Dutch who clocked 38.79 with 782 M/Seconds to qualify during the heats.

The 4x100m relay team initially finished third in final behind Brazil and South Africa with a time of 39.11s but minutes after the race and time confirmations, drama ensued as Brazil and Ghana were disqualified.

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Ghana’s team was disqualified after breaking changeover rules. The final changeover took place outside the authorized zone.

Ghana’s disqualification came as a result of a late changeover – Rule TR 24.7 between the pair of Azamati and Joseph Manu.

The athletics team is taking shape with the earlier qualification of Triple jumper Nadia Eke, sprinters Joseph Paul Amoah and Benjamin Azamati secured their individual slots to Tokyo last month.

Meanwhile, the qualification success of the Men's quartet could not be duplicated by their female colleagues who placed fourth in the Women's 4x100 relay heat.

The ladies of Brazil and Italy booked their automatic slots in first and second places respectively. They were followed by Japan and Ghana. The athletes are expected to return to their bases in Europe and the US immediately after their events.

By GOC Communications

 

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