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Profile: Emmanuel Dasor
DOB: 14th September, 1995
1 x African Championships Silver medallist
1 x All-African Games Bronze medallist
1 x In Top 8 at All-African Games
With less than two weeks to the most anticipated Liquid Sports Ghana Athlete of the Year Awards, we profile one of the nominees for the men’s athlete of the award: sprinter Emmanuel Dasor.
Dasor, a student of the Western Kentucky University in the USA, holds the national 200m (20.89s) and 400m (46.21s) indoor records. He set both records at the Conference USA Championships on 20th February, 2016.
|20.89||Emmanuel Dasor||25 February 2016||Conference USA Championships||Birmingham, United States|||
|400 m||46.21||Emmanuel Dasor||25 February 2016||Conference USA Championships||Birmingham, United States|
Dasor capped a stellar year qualifying for men’s 200m event at the Rio 2016 Games after running a personal best 20.49s at the Soga-Nana Memorial at Cape Coast on 8th July, 2016.
His performance bested his previous personal best 20.61s which was achieved in 2015.
He was ranked 104th in the men’s 200m event on the IAAF’s official website, www.iaaf.org after achieving the Olympic qualifying standard of 20.50s.
He was followed in second place by Martin Owusu Antwi, who clocked a personal best 20.73s while Bright Tsitey took third place in 21.15s.
He joined fellow Ghanaian qualifiers Sean Safo Antwi(100m), Alex Amankwah(800m), Flings Owusu-Agyapong(100m), Janet Amponsah(200m) and the women’s 4x100m relay team to the Olympics after achieving the mark.
It was a major achievement for the former T. I. Amass Senior High School student who participated in the 2016 IAAF World Indoor Championships in Portland and the 20th African Senior Championships in Durban, South Africa.
Dasor came through the GAA’s Youth Develop program in 2012. Sponsored by the Maria Tsakos Foundation in Greece, the GAA rolled out an ambitious youth program which culminated in the hosting of the national junior championships in Tamale.
Several of the national stars who competed at the event were promoted to the national team and participated in the 18th African Seniors Athletics Championships in Cotonou, Benin.
In an unprecedented move, the GAA secured student-athlete scholarships for 13 national junior athletes to attend colleges and universities in the USA in 2014. Over 30 more national athletes, including Emmanuel Dasor, have benefited from the initiative to date.