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The Ghana Athletics Association [GAA] has named ten athletes to represent the country in the upcoming 2021 World Athletics Relays that will take place at the Silesian Stadium in Chorzów, Poland from this Saturday, May 1 to Sunday, May 2.

2021 World Athletics Relays as one of the preparatory avenues for Ghana to put its athletes to shape before the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games in Japan.

Below is Team Ghana:

Men: Joseph Paul Amoah, Benjamin Kwaku Azamati, Sean Sarfo Antwi, Joseph Oduro Manu, Edwin Gadayi.

Women: Flings Owusu Agyapong, Janet Amponsah, Gemma Acheampong, Halutie Hor, Latifa Ali.

Coaches: Christian Nsiah, Carl Hicks

Janet Amponsah

Ghana’s best female sprinter at the moment, Janet Amponsah has won medals in the 4 × 100 metres relay at two African Championships [Marrakech, Morocco] and [Asaba, Nigeria].

She competed in the 200m and 4×100 m relay events at the 2016 Olympic Games in Brazil.

Janet Amponsah finished second [11.54] behind Ivorian Marie-Josee Ta-Lou at the 2018 women’s 100m final at the African Senior Athletics Championships in Asaba, Nigeria.

Halutie Hor

Unknown to many Ghanaians prior to the 21st Commonwealth Games in Queensland [Australia], the female sprint prodigy from Nmanduonu in the Upper West region became an instant household name when she coasted 11.45 seconds to win the women’s 100 metres [Heat 1] at the Carrara Stadium in Gold Coast, ahead of Khalifa St. Fort [11.57], and Isoken Igbinosun [11.69].

Halutie, 21yrs, placed third in the semifinals [11.46 sec] behind Jamaica’s Christiana Williams [1st], and Reyare Thomas [2nd] from Trinidad and Tobago.

Unfortunately for the Ghanaian though she finished 8th in the finals [11.54].

Flings Owusu Agyapong

Flings Joyner Owusu-Agyapong is a 60 metres specialist who also compete in 100m and the 4×100 relay.

Born in the Garden City [Kumasi], Flings Owusu-Agyapong represented Ghana at the 2016 Olympic Games where she finished 4th in the heat of the 100 metres in a time of 11.43 seconds and could not advance to the semifinals.

Flings was part of the Ghana 4x100m relay team that won silver at the African Championships in 2012 [Porto Novo] and 2016 [Durban]. She was also part of the bronze winning team in 2010 [Nairobi] and 2014 [Marrakech].

Gemma Acheampong

Gemma Acheampong, a Ghanaian-American specializes in 60m, 100m, 200m, 300m, and 4x100m relay.
She was part of Team Ghana at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Gemma has won three medals for Ghana in the 2015 African Games [Brazzaville], as well as the 2016 African Championships in Durban and 2014 in Marrakech respectively.

Joseph Paul Amoah

Joseph Paul Amoah is a sprint specialist who competes in the 100m, 200m, and 4x100m relay.

Joe as he is affectionately called was part of Ghana’s gold winning team [4x100m relay] at the 2019 World Athletics Championships in Rabat, Morocco. He also placed fourth in the 100m finals.

Amoah’s personal best times of 10.01 seconds [100m] and 20.08 seconds [200m] respectively at the 2019 NCAA Division I Championships.

Joseph Amoah is a product of the 2016 Ghana’s Fastest Human Competition where he coasted 10.08 seconds in the men’s 100m race at age 19.

He became the first Ghanaian in any sport to qualify for the 2020 Summer Olympics by running 200 metres in a personal best time in 20.20 seconds at the 2019 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference Championships.

Benjamin Kwaku Azamati

Benjamin K. Azamati broke the headlines in Ghana on March 26, 2021 when he clocked 9.97 seconds in Texas.

His [9.97 sec] broke a 22-year national record held by Leo Myles Mills.

Azamati is another product of the Ghana Fastest Human Competition having finished the men’s 100m race with a time of 10.02 seconds in 2019.

Born in Akim Oda in the Eastern region, Benjamin Azamati won gold at the 2019 African Games in Rabat, Morocco.

Sean Sarfo Antwi

Not until 2016, Sean Sarfo Antwi competed for Great Britain. He represented Ghana in the 100 metres at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

The Enfield and Haringey Athletic Club sprinter was part of Ghana’s 4x100m relay team that won gold at the 2019 African Games in Rabat, Morocco.

Edwin Gadayi

Edwin Gadayi won the men’s 100m at 2021 edition of the Ghana Fastest Human Competition having clocked 10.56secs to beat contenders Sarfo Ansah [10. 60secs] and Solomon Hammond of the University of Ghana [10.86secs].

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