The Ghana Athletics Association [GAA] has saluted Team Ghana for an outstanding performance at the 2021 World Athletics Relays in Silesia, Poland.
Ghana’s quartet team [men] – Sean Sarfo-Antwi, Benjamin Azamati-Kwaku, Joseph Oduro Manu, and Joseph Paul Amoah ran 38.79 seconds [.790 m/s], finishing second to the Netherlands in heat 2 at the Chorzow Stadium on Saturday to earn them qualification to the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.
On Sunday, the men’s 4x100m team set the Silesian Stadium rolling in grit and glory having finished third place in the finals, but Team Ghana would, however, have their romance cut prematurely as it was later discovered that Ghana missed its lane in the course of the race.
Meanwhile, despite failing to book Olympic qualification, Ghana’s women relay team – Gemma Acheampong, Latipa Ali, Janet Amponsah, and Hor Halutie ran an impressive race finishing third [44.85 sec] behind Italy [1st], and Japan [2nd].
Having put out such a sizzling performance, the GAA on Monday, May 3 issued a press release to congratulate the athletes for putting Ghana’s name on the map.
“GAA commends the men’s team for achieving a historic automatic qualification to both the Tokyo Olympic Games and the 22 World Championships in USA.
“In the words of one commentator, Ghana’s men’s 4×100 relay team has ‘fired a warning shot to the rest of the world.’ Indeed, a less than one-meter infringement is all that prevented Ghana from earning its first-ever global medal in a relay event.
“To our women’s team, we say a big thank you for paving the way. Indeed, it was national record of 42.67 seconds set in Cape Coast in 2016 that paved the way for a resurgence in relay performance at the continental and global levels. Aseda nkoaa!