2022 World Athletics Championships: Alex Amankwa disqualified for lane violation in 800m heat

2022 World Athletics Championships: Alex Amankwa disqualified for lane violation in 800m heat

Ghana’s Alex Amankwa was disqualified for a lane violation in the men’s 800m heat at the ongoing 2022 World Athletics Championships in Eugene, Oregon, United States.

Alex ran in heat 2 in lane 8. He was paired with Abedin Mujezinovic of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Donavan Brazier of United States, Mariano Garcia of Spain, Benjamin Robert of France, Kyle Langford of Great Britain, peter Bol of Australia, Patnyk Sieradzki of Poland.

The 25-year-old was disqualified for a lane violation halfway through the race.

“I worked too hard for moments like this to get in the way but it’s okay. I’m a fighter and I know I’m going to be better because of this,” he said crying in an interview with Citi FM’s Fentuo Tahiru

The Ghanaian had finished in 4th with a time of 1:45.92 before the review was conducted.

“Alex to go all out in 800m in Eugene. He is ready to make the semis as the first Ghanaian Athlete to do so at the 2022 World Athletics Championships. Alex Amankwa will run in heat 2 of the men’s 800m at the #WorldAthleticsChampionships in Eugene, Oregon. #athleticshour”

The decision to disqualify Amankwa was contested but was rejected. He’s Ghana’s national record holder in the 800m event with a time of 1:44.80 which he set in 2017.

Ghana’s Alex Amankwa gutted after disqualification for lane violation in men’s 800m heats at Oregon 2022.


  1. Peter Bol, AUS – 1:45.50 Q
  2. Kyle Langford, GBR – 1:45.68 Q
  3. Mariano Garcia, ESP – 1:45.74 Q
  4. Benjamin Robert, FRA – 1:45.94 q
  5. Abedin Mujezinovic, BIH – 1:46.26 SB
  6. Donavan Brazier, USA – 1:46.72
  7. Patryk Sieradzki, POL – 1:48.78

Alex Amankwa, GHA – DQ

By Athleticshour

Sekyere Richard has had a 10-year involvement in the sport of athletics. He holds a Diploma in Physical Fitness. Sekyere has experienced the sport as a middle/distance athlete, coach, and now journalist and blogger. Sekyere has published several articles on athletics from Ghanaian Athletics to World Athletics. He currently owns and manages the content and marketing development of Athletics Hour. "I am passionate about sports, love writing and interviewing, traveling, and meeting new athletes and coaches. I like to expose the hidden talents in the youth and I am always in search of talents across Ghana". I have volunteered in one of the biggest ultra-marathons in the world "The Elton Ultra Marathon in Russia. Covered many races in Ghana including ECOWAS CAA Region II Championship and multiple roads and track races in Ghana. In 2021, he launched the "Better Ghana Athletics Agenda", which will help support organisers, athletes and coaches in all directions.

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