Well, the look on the face of Joseph Paul Amoah after crossing the finished line in the men’s 4x100m relay, heat 2 at the Tokyo Olympic Stadium on Thursday gave millions of Ghanaians watching the 2020 Summer Games in Japan missed feelings.

But little did Joseph Amoah knew that he had inspired his colleagues to break Ghana’s 4x100m national record having finished in 38.08 seconds [fifth], behind Germany [38.06], Italy [37.95], Canada [37.92], and China [37.92].

As if that was not enough good news, the Ghana quartet team earned qualification into the finals as one of the fastest losers ahead of Brazil who also finished fifth in heat 1 in 38.34 seconds.

The last time Ghana made appearance in the finals of the men’s 4x100m relay was at the Atlanta 1996 Olympic Games with the likes of Albert Agyeman, Aziz Zakaria, Christian Nsiah, and Emmanuel Tuffuor.

Jamaica posted the best qualifying time at 37.82 seconds.

Ghana will run in lane 1 in the final scheduled to take place at the Tokyo Olympic Stadium on Friday, August 6 against Jamaica, Italy, Great Britain, Japan, China, and Germany.

By James K Attaglo Wilson