"I Will Bounce Back Again" GAF Athlete Ishmael Arthur

“I Will Bounce Back Again”, GAF Athlete Ishmael Arthur

Ghana Armed Forces (GAF) Athlete Ishmael Arthur has successfully competed in the 27th edition of the ever-popular Soweto Marathon in the 21km rest of Africa starting group. The 2022 Soweto Marathon took place on Sunday, November 6 in Soweto, Johannesburg, South Africa.

Ishmael has had a tremendous season this year and won multiple races in Ghana.

The experienced distance runner also holds the record as the first Ghanaian athlete to run the half marathon in 62 minutes. He achieved this during the 2022 Millennium Marathon in Accra which was also a new course record.

The young Ghanaian is very ambitious and eager to compete in more international competitions to gain more experience in distance running.

He finished in 1:13:43s and placed 14th overall out of 5931 participants in his category. The 2022 Soweto Marathon – 42km, 21km and 10km – was competed by over 20,000 participants as reported by marathonguide.com.

The Mankrong Nkwanta-based athlete and the Ghanaian contingent will arrive in Ghana on Tuesday, November 8 and he will focus on the Ghana University Sports Association (GUSA) Games.

The 27th GUSA Games will be hosted by the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), the main field for athletics will be held at the Paa Joe Sports Stadium.

His Stats

Men Category: 20-39
Start Group: Rest of Africa
Rank Category: 13 of 1764
Rank Gender: 14 of 3599
Rank Overall: 14 of 5931
Finish Time: 1:13:14
Pace: 3:30/km

Top 3
1. David Manja, RSA – 1:07:35
2. Elroy Gelant, RSA – 1:07:57
3. Tisetso Mokhoma, RSA – 1:08:20

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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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