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Host and win: Ghana grab 44 medals in ECOWAS Youth Athletics Championship

Ghana succeeded in their host and win pursuit at the just ended Confederation Of Africa Athletics Region ll Championship which came off at the Cape Coast Sports Stadium over the weekend

The three day event saw west African countries including Host Ghana, Niger, Sierra Leone Burkina Faso, Senegal, Liberia, Cote dIvoire and Togo competing for Laurels in the Confederation of African Athletics Championship.

The competition also served  as qualification to the World U20 Athletics Championship which is slated for Cali,  Colombia on August 2.

Team Ghana won 44 medals comprising 26 gold, 13 silver and 5 bronze to lead the medal table.

Burkina Faso who dominated the field events came second with 37 medals –  16 gold, 14 silver and 7 bronze.

Ivory Coast finished third after winning 23 medals.

Afalebeik Ababu, President of the Ghana Athletics Association, speaking to Starr Sports just on the heels of the competition, expressed delight as to how the whole  event panned out.

“The athletes who competed are the ones we selected through our circuit and open championships and so I am excited that, they are all students and they are performing well,” he said.

“If we keep them together as a team and camp them, they will be able to do better than what they have done. But we are very impressed with their performance in this tournament. This tells us athletics is not dead as some people are portraying,” the GAA chief emphasised.

Meanwhile two Ghanaian athletes,  Solomon Hammond and Solomon Donkor made the qualification time for the World U20 Athletics Championship after winning the men’s 100m and 200m race with times of 10:53 and 21:12 respectively.

Credit: Starr Sports.

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