Awini And Segbor Dominate In Bono East
Samuel Awini and Belinda Segbor landed a High Morale Athletics club double at the Bono East Regional Cross Country and Health Walk, winning by significant margins at the Ghana Athletics Association certified cross country on Friday 26th November 2021. Almost 150 athletes started the event and everyone managed to cross the finish line.
The temperature paid to any truly fast times, so all course records were broken. Awini and Segbor were determined and maintained their consistent career winning streak, clocking 31:04 and 37:40 respectively.
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Awini, a current champion in GBC Volta Star Radio 10km, third in Good Day Energy Cross Country was part of the 5 men leading the pack in the early stages, Awini broke away from the pack at just 6 minutes from starting point, passing through the 5km in 16:00.
Shortly after, Awini started to pull away from David Nakousi, Daniel Gawuga Abotsi, and Hamza Amidu. He reached 8km almost 27 minutes and still was on schedule to break the course record. The race became a one-man race and it was very interesting how he was determined to break the course record.
He finished in 31:04 almost a minute ahead of the second-place David Nakousi in 32:05and third-place finisher Hamza Amidu in 32:11 respectively.
Segbor, the Ghana Half Marathon record holder, NSA National Cross Country reigning champion was the lady watch. Although she has poor performance at the Good Day Energy Cross Country. Her Coach, Mr. Boinde Boniface in an interview with Athleticshour.com described it as a small illness and she knew what she can do when she gets the bigger stage.
There was a very close challenge among the High Morale Athletics Club duo winner, Abdulai Ramata and Sherifa Moro. Sherifa who is the current champion of the Ashanti Regional Cross Country Championship, both 2nd in NSA National Cross Country Championship and Good Day Energy Cross Country was the lady to be beaten here.
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Segbor was very confident of winning the Bono Regional Cross Country and in hope of also breaking the course record. All the three athletes were moving together but Segbor broke away just 9km to the finish line. She was able to maintain her pace and the course record was broken yesterday by the sensational female athlete Belinda Segbor in 37:49, Sherifa Moro finished just a few seconds in 38:09, and third-place finisher Abdulai Ramata in 38:17.
The event was very successful and all the Kintampo populace embrace the event. The cross country is also a preparation towards their mega festival in the Bono East Region.
“I can say is one of the best cross countries I have seen this year so far. Although, the Police escorts delayed which resulted in the late start of the race. But averagely I can give them 7/10 mark. I believe in everything there are loopholes and just a few errors. The route was perfect for a cross race with some obstacles. The whole organisation, marketing tool also went far. The Chiefs and the people of Bono East also did well, they all supported the event. In fact, am happy I was here to witness this historic event”, said Mr. Atuah A. Simon (Coach Simon).
- Belinda Segbor – 37:49
- Sherifa Moro – 38:09
- Ramata Abdulai – 38:17
- Naomi Addo – 39:17
- Reina Tuolong – 40:13
- Rabiatu Braimah – 40:23
- Salamatu Aziah – 40:54
- Joyce Ayaba – 41:08
- Mary Issifu – 42:08
- Hannah Adompaka – 42:51
- Samuel Awini – 30:04
- David Nakousi – 31:04
- Hamza Amidu – 32:11
- Daniel Gawuga Abotsi – 32:24
- Noah Wumbioriche – 32:41
- Emmanuel Tetteh –
- Bashiru Awini – 33:07
- John Addison – 33:29
- Sampson Tetteh – 33:47
- Dramani Abdul Moomen – 35:52