First GAA National Circuit serves up shocks aplenty

Sunday 28th January , 2018 1:41 pm
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The Ghana Athletics Association opened the 2018 athletics season with its first circuit of the year at the Sekondi Stadium.

18-year-old Hor Halutie was the biggest winner as she defended her 100m and 200m titles posting times of 11.71s and 23.85s respectively.

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The men’s 100m was won by Sarfo Ansah of the University for Development Studies, crossing the line in a time of 10.52s while Edwin Kwabla Gadayi took the men’s 200m final in 21.41s.

The day opened with a shock in the men’s 10,000m as 17-year-old student of Kumasi Ahmadiyya SHS, Kwame Adjei, stormed to victory in 31 minutes 46.19s ahead of favourite, Malik Yakubu, Ajdei’s senior at AMASS, who was forced to settle for 2nd place coming in at 31 minutes 46.30s.

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There were further upsets, this time in the women’s 400m as Faustina Amoah upstaged favorite Rafiatu Nuhu to finish in 55.49s while a tearful Rafiatu finished more than a second behind with 56.19s.

Elsewhere, UCC’s Duncan Agyemang took the men’s 400m in 47.27s while Natiere Vikuba Matthew took the men’s 1,500m in 4 minutes, 00.22s.

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Lariba Sakat took the women’s 800m in 2 mins 11.32s. She was running her first 800m event after recently switching from 5000m.

The circuit also witnessed the return of veteran heptathlete Margaret Simpson who competed and won the women’s javelin with a throw of 50.30 meters.

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Athletes were hoping to make qualifying times for the upcoming Commonwealth Games in Australia in April but no athlete made the times at the end of the Sekondi Championships.

By: Fentuo Tahiru/citifmonline.com/Ghana