Autobiography: Adu Michael Ankomah

Autobiography: Adu Michael Ankomah

Adu Michael Ankomah is an upcoming Ghanaian middle distance athlete. He is specialising in the 800 meters and 1500 meters. Adu Michael was born on 20th December. Autobiography: Adu Michael Ankomah.

Adu Michael Ankomah


Personal information

Full name: Adu Michael Ankomah

Nationality: Ghanaian

Born: 20 December


Country: Ghana

Discipline: Track and Field

Event(s): 400 metres relay, 800 metres, 1500 metres


Personal Best

800m = 1:55 seconds

1500m = 3:57 seconds

400m = 52 seconds

Early life and education

Adu Michael was born on December 20 at Dansoman a town in Accra, the capital city of Ghana. The name of his parents is Mr. Darfour and Mrs. Monica Darfour.  He had his primary education at the Most Holy Heart School from 2005 – 2010 at Dansoman. Adu later continued to the Junior High School in the same primary school from 2011-2013. Upon successful completion of the Most Holy Heart Junior High School, he was admitted to Accra Academy Senior High School in Accra. Adu started running at a very tender age and he was very popular in most parts of Accra. He started his senior high school in 2013 and he wrote his West Africa Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) in 2016. Adu Michael was very brilliant and serious in his education. In the same year, he was enrolled at the Takoradi Polytechnic (now Takoradi Technical University) in the Western Region. He offered Computer Science and in 2019 he completed with Higher National Diploma (HND) in Computer Science.


Athletic career

Adu Michael started his athletic career at a very tender age. He was second to none in his primary and junior school days. Adu started running at the age of 13 years. He was discovered during a Physical Education time when they were asked to go round their school field several times. His athletic background helped him to secure school very easily. During his first year at Accra Academy, he was selected to represent his school at the Inter-Collegiate Sports Games. The Inter-Collegiate Sports Games is the biggest sporting event in our second cycle of education. A lot of talents are scouted by the tertiary institutions and some of the athletes also earn a national call-up.


Adu is a 2x Private University Sports Association Games (PUSAG) silver medalist in 800m. Won bronze in 1500m and 4×400m in the PUSAG. Won gold in the second edition of the Accra Academy Cross-Country (record-holder). He became second in the 2020 Green Run 8km race.


Future Ambitions

Adu Michael is a very industrious and ambitious athlete. He is aspiring to break the Ghana National records in both 800m and 1500m and to represent the country at the international level. He has also set his eyes on the world record.

Coaches’ Perspective

Adu Michael was coached by Mr. Abraham Nsesukpa during his high school days. Mr. Abraham was the Head Coach at the Accra Academy Senior High School and his assistance was Mr. Daniel Ayisi popularly known as ‘Small’. Coach Small was the one taking them through the middle distance workout and prepare them for their Inter-Collegiate School Games.


Sekyere Richard “Adu Michael is a very resilient and hardworking athlete. He is always ready to learn and very tactical in all races. Adu is one athlete who doesn’t want to taste defeat. He doesn’t miss training and is always available on time. He also wants a challenge even during training sessions. The world should watch out for this Ghanaian sensation teenager in the next 5 – 10 years.”

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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