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Atia Dethrones Ishmael To Emerge As Koforidua Marathon’s New Champion

Koogo Atia has beaten the reigning champion of the maiden edition of the Koforidua Marathon 2021. Atia was a pre-race favourite to win this year’s event after a successful campaign in the past few months. Atia dethrones Ishmael to emerge as Koforidua Marathon’s new champion today.

Ishmael Fialor the reigning champion was also poised to retain his title again. On the other side was the Ghana Armed Forces Personnel, Ishmael Arthur, he became a threat to both Atia and Fialor after his late confirmation of participation.

Atia has set a new Course Record (CR) at Koforidua Marathon. He crossed the finish line in 2:35.34 seconds to win the race while Ishmael Fialor also came back from behind to place second in 2:37.35 seconds and Ishmael Arthur settled at the third position in 2:43.50 seconds.

In an interview with Koogo, he said that the course record is at stake and he will try and break it. He has done it today thereby breaking Ishmael Fialor’s course record and lowering it to 2:35.34 seconds.

The race started around 7:00 am and the sun was very hot in the early morning. They started from the Koforidua Sports Stadium and also finished at the same time. The route was a single loop that covers the half and twice becomes the full marathon.

Leading men

  1. Koogo Atia – 2:35.34 (CR)
  2. Ishmael Fialor – 2:37.35
  3. Ishmael Arthur – 2:43.50
  4. Simon Ayitey – 2:45.30
  5. Hamza Alobig – 2:47.40


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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