Ishmael Arthur Sets New Millennium Marathon Course Record in 1:02:05s

Ishmael Arthur Sets New Millennium Marathon Course Record in 1:02:05s

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Ghana Armed Forces’ Athlete Ishmael Arthur has set a new Millennium Marathon course record in 1:02:05 seconds on Saturday, 3rd September 2022 in Accra, Ghana.

The 2018 winner and 2019 third-place finisher also run a new personal best (PB) and his time is also among the fastest half marathon time ever to run in Ghana and also by a Ghanain athlete.

The fastest half marathon(21km) time that was run in Ghana by a Ghanaian citizen was at the 2020 Sekondi-Takoradi Half Marathon. William Amponsah made a time of 1:02:51 seconds to win the first edition of the Sekondi-Takoradi Marathon in the Western Region.

His time also breaks the Ghana National Half Marathon record but we can’t confirm whether the route was certified and accurate.

The University of Education’s, Winneba (UEW) student-athlete Koogo Atia placed second in a new personal best time of 1:02:54 seconds and newly recruited University of Ghana’s (UG) student-athlete and a member of Grace Mille Athletics Club Basit Afful also placed third in a new personal best time of 1:03:03 seconds.

This is the first time in Ghana that all the top 3 athletes have finished a half marathon in under 64 minutes.

Top 3

  1. Ishmael Arthur – 1:02:05 seconds
  2. Koogo Atia – 1:02:54 seconds
  3. Basit Afful – 1:03:03 seconds


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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