The women’s 400m record, the men’s medley and the women’s medley records tumbled on the first day of the athletics championship at the ongoing Colleges of Education Sports Association at the Paa Joe stadium, Kumasi.
In the very first event that took place on the opening day, Eastern-Greater Accra zone’s 400m specialist Deborah Agudey Doeyoe smashed the 6-year-old COESA record after she clocked 1:00. 21 to win heat 1 of the women’s 400m.
Her mark eclipsed the old record of 1:01.43s set by Emmanuelle Appiah Cenwest in 2016. Deborah was followed in second place by Cenwest’s Georgina Eshun who clocked 1:03.13 while Volta zone’s Benedicta Ama Sunkwah came third with 1:06.11.
Hosts Ashba (Ashanti-Brong Ahafo zone) erased the 6-year-old COESA medley record after clocking 3:37.09 to emerge winners of the race. Second place Northern zone also beat the old mark of 3:38.88s set by the North zone in 2016 after they also clocked 3:38.11 while the Volta Zone came third with 3:39.53.
Meanwhile, the 8-year-old women’s medley record of 4:32.05 was shattered by Cenwest who came from behind to clinch first place in a competition best of 4:30.36.
Cenwest beat Eastern-Greater Accra (EGA) on the last leg of the 800m to become new record holders and in the process erased the old record set by the Northern zone at Akatsi in 2014.
EGA settled for second place in a time of 4:36.56 while the Northern zone stopped the clock at 4:39.639 to take third place.
Elsewhere, EGA turned on the style in the women’s 4x100m relay final where they clinched first place with a 52.90s clocking. Cenwest came second with 53.36s while Ashba settled for third with 53.65s.
EGA captured the men’s 4x100m relay crown with a comfortable 43.56s clocking ahead of Ashba 44.24s and Volta 44.56s.
The competition ends on Saturday, 26th November 2022.