Azamati with his trophy aloft on the podium
University of Ghana’s Benjamin Azamati is this year’s GNPC Ghana Fastest Human after a keenly contested final in Kumasi on Saturday.
A member of Ghana’s 4X100 gold medal relay team, he recorded an impressive time of 10.02secs in the rainy competition.
In the Senior Women’s Race, new queen on the block Latifa Ali caused an upset when she surprised the reigning local queen, Kate Agyeman, and also 400 meter bronze medalist at the African championships, Grace Obuor to be crowned the fastest local lady in Ghana.
Founder of Ghana Fastest Human Race, Reks Brobby said after the final, “It rained but the athletes defied the wet weather to demonstrate brilliance.
“We created an ‘interco’ type buzz in the Stadium with different jama groups and even though the rain kept coming, everyone just got in the groove and didn’t mind the rain at all.
“Bravo to all the finalists, their coaches, the amazing spectators, our sponsors,”
He added that “there is one more year to go next year to finish this first phase of our seven year focus on 100 meters, so that Ghana wins a medal in 100meters at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.”
“Already signs are showing with the performance of the athletes at the 12th African Games in Morocco where Ghana placed 4th and 5th in the 100meters finals and won the gold in the 4 x 100meters, beating strong contenders, Nigeria and South Africa,” said Mr. Brobby.
Athletes who excelled took home medals, certificates and products from the sponsors of the competition.
The well organized event was sponsored by GNPC, with support from Adidas, Moringa King, GCB, Wrenco Printing, Kriate Lync, Indomie Instant Noodles, Pipa’s Gym and Global Media Alliance.
By Kofi Owusu Aduonum