Report: Ghana Armed Forces (GAF) Championship 2021
Report: Ghana Armed Forces (GAF) Championship
The Ghana Armed Forces have successfully organised its first-ever open championship. The championship was held on Friday 1st October 2021 at the Elwak Sports Stadium in Accra. The event was graced by the Director-General of the National Sports Authority, Prof Peter Twumasi. The championship was a one-day event and about 850+ athletes and 2 para-athletes competed in the mega event. There were 12 disciplines in all which were divided into two, morning and afternoon sessions. Report: Ghana Armed Forces (GAF) Championship.
The event started at 9:00 am and the Director-General of the National Sports Authority, Prof. Peter Twumasi in his opening remarks said “the Minister of Youth and Sports, Hon. Mustapha Ussif extends his warmest greetings to all the dignitaries involved in this mega championship, the athletes, coaches, and the management of the National Sports Authority. He praised and applauded the event organisers and their contribution towards sports development in Ghana. The contingents that represented Ghana at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games had athletes from the Ghana Armed Forces which makes him proud of their quota to sports and security service as well.”
In the High Jump was a straight final in both male and female categories. In the female category was won by Ghana Armed Forces’ Potential athlete Doreen Gagbah in 1.58m while Rebecca Aggrey from Ghana Armed Forces Potential and Martha Wiafe also from the Ghana Prisons Service both jumped the same height in 1.53m.
The male category was very challenging. The sensational and experienced athlete Kelvin Adu from the Ghana Armed Forces’ Potential won it in 1.95m while the Ghana Prisons’ Service Gideon Osei Opoku also finished second in 1.90m and Gabriel Laar from Western Regional Athletics Club placed third in 1.85m.
The Long Jump event was a straight final in both categories. Ghana Armed Forces placed 1st and 2nd in the Women’s Long Jump. Dora Sosu jumped 5.26m ahead of her training partner and teammate Aba Amengu Sam. Aba finished second with a jumped of 4.79.
In the Men’s Long Jump Maxwell Peterson Wordui from the University of Ghana won in 7.01m while Samuel Addo finished second in 6.95m from Customs Excise and Preventive Service and George Appiah from Ghana Prisons Service placed third in 6.94m.
Discus Men Only
The discus throw was among the single event that was available for only the men. The expectations were high and most of the competitors were all past champions. University of Ghana’s Dominic McCarthy won the discus throw in 45.00m while Rexford Bugasi from the Ghana Armed Forces finished second in 42.77m and Ridwan Alhassan placed third in 40.62 also from the Ghana Prisons Service.
Another blistering and tremendous performance from the Ghana Police Servicewomen, as they swept all the top 3 finishers in a row. Comfort Otubea won the women’s javelin in 35.13m while Christiana Mariam Moro finished second in 33.57 and Magaret Tweneboa took the third position in 31.61m all from the Ghana Police Service.
The men’s javelin throw was also another cracking event. Numo Benjamin from Ghana Armed Forces won the men’s javelin in 63.49 ahead of the Ghana Record Holder Nafiu Mohammed also from the Ghana Armed Forces. Nafiu placed second with a throw of 60.26 and Emmanuel Gyefa from the Ghana Police Service also finished third in 55.95.
In every competition, one of the events that are most challenged is the 100m dash. The 100m is the shortest outdoor event on the track and athletes are breaking and setting new records all over.
Ghana Armed Forces’ Mary Boakye won the women’s 100m race in 12.16 ahead of her teammate Sandra Konadu also finished in 12.51 and Hellen Adorbor from Tema Methodist Day Senior High School placed third in 12.88.
The men’s 100m race was just unbelievable, there were 19 straight heats and it was not an easy race. From the heats to semis and final. A lot of new emerging stars are coming into the scene and Ghana can boast of winning medals at the upcoming 13th African Games if these young athletes are nurtured. Augustine-Smith Arkoh-Bawuah from the Ghana Armed Forces won the 100m race in 11.03 ahead of his teammate Musa Iddrisu in 11.08 and Richmond Opoku from Osei Kyeretwie Senior High School placed third in 11.08. Richmond won both his heat and semis heat in 10.86 and semis in 10.95.
The 200m race was one of the most packed races ever. There were 3 heats in the female’s category and in each heat the first top 2 finishers automatically qualify to the final and the next fastest times in each heat also qualifies. Helina Carboo won the female 200m race in 25.72 ahead of her teammate Stephanie Adu in 26.76 all from the Ghana Armed Forces. Patricia Adu Amoah from the Ghana Prisons’ Service also finished third in 27.24.
There were 10 heats in the men’s 200m race and it was not easy. The best 8 eight athletes qualified for the final. The Ghana Armed Forces took 1st – 3rd respectively, John Osei Kofi won the race in 22.05 while Michael Oduro placed second in 22.11 and Frank Mensah finished third in 22.14.
In the women’s 400m category the Ghana Armed Forces made history again and all their 3 athletes took 1st-3rd position respectively. Ethel Amissah finished ahead of her other two teammates in 57.27 while Helina Carboo placed second in 58.94 and Issah Adunfira finished third in 1:00:05. The race was very competitive during the last 100m to finish.
One of the most packed and anticipated events was the men’s 400m race. There were 8 heats in all and all the athletes during the heats provided very promising times. Barnabas Dompey from the Ghana Armed Forces won the final race in 49.47 while both second and third athletes were all from the Ghana Police Service. Baba Seidu Mamaud finished in 49.85 ahead of his teammate Seidu Sulemana in 51.05.
In the women’s 800m was the African Bronze Medalist in the 400m, Grace Obour from the University of Ghana won the race in 2:18.19 while Marryhilda Bayar from Ghana Police Service place second in 2:18.95 and Reina Tulong finished third in 2:20.64. Reina is from the Upper West Region.
The sensational Ghana Armed Forces’ athlete Ishmael Acheampong beat the Ghana University Sports Association (GUSA) Games Silver Medalist, Aglo Eric in both 800m and 1500m to win the race. Ishmael finished in 1:57.60 while Aglo second position in 1:57.74 and Dauda Traore also took third place in 1:57.93.
Ghana’s sensational and experienced athlete Lariba Sakat Juliana from the Ghana Armed Forces won the females 1500m in 4:38.78 while her teammate Rosina Titi also finished second in 4:42.91 and Sarah Koomson from the Ghana Police Service also placed third in 4:45.34. Sarah is a very talented athlete and she is on her way to greatness. It was a straight final.
1500m Para Race
Dinah Kuubetgr hails from the Upper West Region. She is the only para-athlete who competed in that event and it was very as the fans were cheering her up. Dinah finished in 5:32.98 which is a new personal best for her and race record.
In the male category, the athletes were divided into 2 teams of which both were finals. All the times were compiled together and the best times were awarded as the winners. Winners will be updated later.
The Ghanaian female distance wonder kid Belinda Segbor won the women’s 5000m in 18:02 while Emmanuellla Atingo also finished second in 18:40 and Mary Bacho placed third in a time of 19:29.
David Nakousi from the Ghana Prison Service surprised the whole fans by beating the ECOWAS medalist. David won the men’s 5000m in 14:44.19 while Aziz Mohammed from the Ghana Armed Forces also finished second in 14:59.23 and another phenomenal upcoming distance runner Afful Basit also placed third in 15:06.99 from Ghana Armed Forces. Report: Ghana Armed Forces (GAF) Championship.
4 × 100m Race
the women’s 4 × 100m race was postponed due to the time factor. In the men’s category were 2 preliminary rounds. The University of Ghana was having a very and formidable team and they were the pre-race favourite team. In the final University of Ghana won in 40.69 ahead of the Ghana Prisons Service in 41.62 and the Ghana Armed Forces team also finished third in 41.69. The race was very competitive and they set the Elwak Sports Stadium ablaze.
4 × 400m Race
The last race of the day was the 4 × 400m men’s relay race. The Ghana Prison Service team was very strong and nothing could stop them from winning the race. The Ghana Prison Service won the men’s 4×400m relay in 3:21.86 while the University of Ghana team also finished second in 3:24.51 and the Ghana Police Service took the third position in 3:24.63.
Team Scores Women
GHANA ARMED FORCES = 46
GHANA ARMED FORCES POTENTIAL = 41
GHANA PRISONS SERVICE = 40
Team Scores Men
GHANA ARMED FORCES = 107
GHANA PRISON SERVICE = 72
GHANA ARMED FORCES POTENTIAL = 51
A lot of dignitaries were present at the Elwak Sports Stadium. The event was very successful and thanks to the headline sponsor Standard Chartered Bank. Ghana Armed Forces will be organizing its first cross country championship in Accra. More details will be communicated to the general public soon.
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