Junior Hor Halutie sets sights on IAAF World U-18 Championships after 11.75(PB) clocking

Junior Hor Halutie sets sights on IAAF World U-18 Championships after 11.75(PB) clocking

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Womens 100m finalKumasi based T. I. Amass student Hor Halutie has set her sights on participating in the IAAF World U-18 Championships, Nairobi 2017 after clocking a  personal best 11.75(PB) to win the women’s 100m final at the GAA National Circuit on Saturday.

Halutie’s new PB is an also an automatic A-standard qualifying mark for Nairobi 2017 as the entry requirement is pegged at 11.90s.

In the race itself, Dorcas Gyimah settled for second place in 11.84s while Ida Mensah took third in 11.85s.

Hor was the star of the show after holding off 2016 Olympian Dorcas Gyimah to win the women’s 100m final at the first leg of the Ghana Athletics Association’s National Circuit Championships at the Tamale stadium.

The youngster started the final race in lane 3 with Dorcas Gyimah and University of Ghana Legon’s Ida Mensah in lane 4 and 5 respectively. She got off to a good start, keeping pace with Gyimah before pulling clear after the 50 meter mark.

Despite a late surge by the experienced pair of Dorcas and Ida, Hor held her nerves to cross the finish line, with her right hand raised in celebration of a giant killing feat.

She told www.liquidsportsghana.com that she wants to qualify for the World Junior Championships which comes up in Kenya later this year.

The World U-18 Championships will be held between 12 JUL 2017 – 16 JUL 2017 in Nairobi, Kenya.

Hor Halutie waveSetting the scene

The ladies gave athletics fans at the Tamale sports stadium a clear sign of what to expect in the final of the event after four of the sprinters dipped below 12 seconds during the preliminary round of the 100m.

The University of Ghana, Legon’s Ida Mensah led the honours, recording the fastest time in the preliminary round of the women’s 100m, with a life time best 11.78s clocking in heat 3.

She was followed in second place by CEPS and former Ghana junior sprinter Happy Abruyah with 11.85s while Hor Halutie came scraped through with 11.86s.

Dorcas Gyimah also made the final mark after coming through with 11.86s to win heat 2.

In the absence of national sprinter and reigning Circuit 100m champion Beatrice Gyaman, the lot fell on Dorcas Gyimah to stake her claim to the title. But it wasn’t to be as youngster, Hor Halutie wrapped up a memorable triumph.

Victory for Hor Halutie is a healthy signal for the youngsters on the domestic circuit who have been yearning to have a crack at top level competition for a while now.

Hor Halutie came to national prominence after winning the GAA Open Championships 100m final in 11.93s at the El Wak stadium on 9th April, 2016.

IMG-20170105-WA0001Meanwhile, 2016 Olympian Beatrice Gyaman has held the fastest 100m times by a woman on the local scene for some years now.

She recorded a personal best of 11.55s last year at the Soga Nana Memorial meet held at the Cape Coast stadium. She had recorded a life time best 11.65s at the World University Games earlier in 2015.

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