Ahead of the 3rd edition of the Liquid Sports Ghana Awards to be held at the plush Kempinski Hotel Gold Coast City, it has been revealed that as many as 7 new national outdoor records were set by Ghanaian athletes around the globe during the 2017 athletics season.
The 3rd Liquid Sports Ghana Awards which is sponsored by Kempinski Hotel Gold Coast City, Rokmer Pharma Ltd and the Indian Women’s Association of Ghana will recognise and reward athletes, individuals and organisations for their contributions to sports in Ghana.
The latter list includes the feat by 800m runner Alex Amankwah, who broke into the top 20 world 800m list, after shattering Kennedy Osei’s 23 year old national 800m record with a 1:44.80 (NR) clocking on 19th May, 2017. Alex thus becomes the fastest Ghanaian ever over the two lap event.
Other notable national records came in the names of 2016 African triple jump champion Nadia Eke who once again improved the national record to 13.93m (NR); Atsu Nyamadi’s trail blazing 7811pts in the decathlon and Agnes Abu’s 1500m record of 4.17.75m (NR).
There were two new entrants in the women’s throw events. The unknown Claudia Ababio’s 15.34m (NR) in the shot put and Emelda Mal-Annan’s 60.09m (NR) caught the eye with their national feats.
Elsewhere, the Middle Tennessee State University pair of Sampson Laari and Agnes Abu recorded national bests in the 1 Mile and 3000m events respectively. Laari crossed the finish line in 8:05.88m while Abu produced a 4.43.61m(NR) clocking in the indoor season on 19th February, 2018.
Below is the full list of national outdoor records in 2017:
Women’s national records in 2017
Name Event Performance in 2017 Personal best/National Records
Agnes Abu 800m/1500m 4.17.75m 4.17.75m(NR)
Nadia Eke Triple jump 13.93m National Record
Claudia Ababio Shot put 15.34m National Record
Emelda Malm-Annan Hammer 60.09m National Record
Agnes Abu 4.43.61m 19-Feb National Record
Claudia Ababio 55.08m (NR) 8 April National Record
Men’s National Records
Name Event Performance in 2017 Personal best/NR
Alex Amankwah 800m 1.44.80m National Record
Sampson Laari 3000m 8.05.88m National Record
Atsu Nyamadi Decathlon 7811p National Record