Report: Atia and Ramata Victorious in Koforidua
Atia Koogo and Ramata Abdulai claimed victory at the second edition of the Koforidua Marathon – a Ghana Athletics Association certified road race – on Saturday, 11th December 2021. The pair powered to their first-ever titles in the marathon event in 2021.
Both champions are student amateur athletes but showed superiority at Koforidua in the Eastern Regional capital.
Atia debuted in his first-ever marathon event, patiently stalking the pace of the early leaders Ishmael Arthur of Ghana Armed Forces and Ishmael Fialor of Ghana Education Service.
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The first 5km was very quick and they passed there in 17 minutes. The pace began to increase and during the first 10km mark, it was left with only 3 men leading the pack. The chased grouped were Basit Afful of Ghana Armed Forces Potential, Simon Ayittey of Greater Accra, and Hamza Alobig of Ashanti Region. The trio passed halfway in 1:13.04 seconds which was very hot.
At the 30km mark, Atia made the move and Ishmael Arthur couldn’t respond. The gap started to grow bigger and eventually at the 35km mark, Atia was having a lonely race.
Last years’ champion, Ishmael Fialor made a surprise come back at the 35km point and passed the Ishmael Arthur. Fialor began to increase to his pace and the leader, Atia began to feel the pressure.
The momentum Fialor had at the last 5km was very awesome and he closed the gap of 5km interval by just a few minutes. The weather was very hot and sunny. Atia was able to maintain his pace and won it with a new course record. He demolished the previous record that was held by Fialor by almost taking 5 minutes off.
Atia said, “I was very determined to win this race. Although the weather was very hot but I managed to run a good race. Am happy for the win and a new course record”.
“I am happy for the second place but I could have done better to win again. My running shoes were giving me problems so, it slowed me down. I have the strength to move with them but my shoes didn’t permit me”, said Fialor.
Arthur said “I even taught I can’t finish the race. I had been doing a course and training is not going on well. Am happy with third place and now am done with the course, so I can train well again. I thank God for helping me in this race”.
Atia paid tribute to the local supporters, which was one of the biggest crowds in the event’s history and saw approximately thousands of fans from the start to the finish. They cheered all the athletes up and the event was very extraordinary and successful.
Ramata Abdulai has returned to her winning ways again as a long battle of injuries. Ramata last marathon competed in was the Burkina Faso Marathon in 2019, since then she has never run in the 42.2km race again.
Her surprise coming back in the marathon has sent a strong signal to her fellow competitors. The leading group at the 5km point was Belinda Segbor of High Morale Athletics Club, Titi Rosina of High Morale Athletics Club, Sarah Koomson of Max Speed Athletics Club, and Sherifa Moro of Arrows Athletics Club.
The second chasing group was led by Ramata Abdulai of High Morale Athletics Club with Naomi Addo of Ashanti Region, Hannah Adompaka of Bono East, and Emmnauella Atinga of Upper West Region.
Ramata one of the experienced long-distance runners in Ghana increased her pace at the 30km mark and powered to the finish line with a top clear ahead of the rest of the field in 3:20:14 seconds but the course record was not in danger. Titi Rosina secured second place in 3:21:40 seconds and was followed by Sherifa Moro who placed third in 3:26:59 seconds.
- Ramata Abdulai – 3:20:14 seconds
- Titi Rosina – 3:21:40 seconds
- Sherifa Moro – 3:26:59 seconds
- Naomi Addo – 3:36:56 seconds
- Salamatu Mumuni Aziah – 3:38:10 seconds
- Koogo Atia – 2:35:34 seconds (CR)
- Ishmael Fialor – 2:37:35 seconds
- Ishmael Arthur – 2:43:50 seconds
- Simon Ayitey – 2:45:30 seconds
- Hamza Alobig – 2:47:40 seconds