Report: University of Education Students Victorious At Ghana Armed Forces Cross Country

Report: University of Education Students Victorious At Ghana Armed Forces Cross Country

Report: University of Winneba Students Victorious At Ghana Armed Forces Cross Country
Report: University of Winneba Students Victorious At Ghana Armed Forces Cross Country. Podium finishers received medals.

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The maiden edition of the Ghana Armed Forces (GAF) Cross Country Championship was held on Saturday, 29 January, 2022 at the Bok Nam Kim Golf Club in the Greater Accra Region. The event was the first competition to be held in Ghana and West Africa in the 2022 season.

In the build up of the race
Confirmation of participant, registration and numbers were shared to all the athletes around 6:30 am. In the open remarks Rear Admiral Moses Beick-Baffour (Commandant GAFCSC) encouraged the athletes and advised them to work hard to achieve more in their athletics career. He also congratulated all the athletes for making it up to this far and charged them to fight for more in the upcoming African Games 2023.

Report: University of Education Students Victorious At Ghana Armed Forces Cross Country
Rear Admiral Moses Beick-Baffour (Commandant GAFCSC) delivering the opening speech ahead of the race

The atmosphere was great and conducive for cross country. About 150 athletes registered for the maiden edition.

Female category

Lariba Sakat Juliana, a phenomenal long-distance athlete from Ghana, won the inaugural Ghana Armed Forces (GAF) Cross Country Championship 2022.

The race began at exactly 7:50 a.m. and was quite competitive. The 2019 African Games bronze medalist Grace Obour, who was competing against the finest in Ghana’s distance events, was a surprise name on the starting lists.

Although the terrain was excellent and ideal for a cross-country race, the weather was hazy and dry. Lariba was undefeated in the 2020/2021 season and continues to do so now.

Lariba started the race very well and during the first half of the race, she had the commanding lead. Sarah Koomson of the Ghana Prisons Service was very strong in the first half unfortunately she faded out and couldn’t finish the race.

Lariba Sakat of the Ghana Armed Forces and a student of University of Education, Winneba won in a course record time in 29:29.91 while Sheriffa Moro of Arrows Athletic Club also placed second in 30:02.51 and GAF athlete Titi Rosina in a dramatic scene finished third in 30:24.10

Report: University of Education Students Victorious At Ghana Armed Forces Cross Country
GAA President Mr. Abeibu Afeilibik with the women winners 1 Lariba Sakat, 2 Sheriffa Moro, 3 Titi Rosina

Lariba ” the race was very easy for me. I am looking forward to the next race”.

Sheriffa “preparations towards the race was good and am happy I came second. I am now going to focus on the national cross country in February”.

Rosina “I started the race good but during the last lap I was feeling dizziness and that slowed me down. But am okay with the third place”.

Male category

Atia Koogo won the Ghana Armed Forces (GAF) Cross Country Championship in its maiden edition. Atia is currently one of the greatest distance runners in the country. The men’s race began shortly after the last lady had crossed the finish line, around 8:30 a.m.
The race was jam-packed with Ghana’s greatest and most experienced long-distance runners.

Report: University of Education Students Victorious At Ghana Armed Forces Cross Country
Men’s Race

In the first 4 kilometres, Ishmael Arthur was in the lead and the pace was blistering, with Aziz Mohammed and Koogo Atia close behind.

Unfortunately, the ECOWAS Junior Medallist had some stomach crumbs and stopped the race halfway. Another name was the former Milo Marathon champion Kasim Mohammed also dropped out while another Milo Marathon medallist Akakia Tampuri was among the first 30 top finishers.

Koogo Atia won the men’s 10km race in 31:34.40 while David Nakousi of Adisadel College placed second in 32:05.47 and Ishmael Authur of Ghana Armed Forces also placed third 32:09.50

Director General- Training of GAF with men winners, 1 Koogo Atia, 2 David Nakousi, 3 Ishmael Arthur

Atia – “I want to win the National Cross Country Championship coming February. This race was part of my preparations towards the national xc but am happy for the win. Although it was little bit challenging but managed to hold my pace till the end”.

According to the race organisers, they assured the athletes that the Ghana Armed Forces Cross Country Championship is here to stay and we should expect more advanced organisation in 2023.

Rear Admiral Moses Beick-Baffour (Commandant GAFCSC), Director General- Training of GAF, President of GAA Mr Abeibu Afeilibik, EDC Manager and team winners

“I’m very happy and grateful to all the media houses, officials from GAA, all regional teams, clubs, senior high and the universities. This was what we were expecting and the race was very competitive. At the end GAF won and we knew we are going to win because as it stands now, we have the best athletes in the country”, said headcoach of the GAF Athletics Team WO1 Moro Salifu.

He also hinted that the GAF Athletics Team is ready to compete at the upcoming National Cross Country Championship, and they are going to win both male and female categories. The event has been postponed to 26 February 2022 at Okim Oda in the Eastern Region.

In attendance were Rear Admiral Moses Beick-Baffour (Commandant GAFCSC) and Director General- Training of GAF, President of the GAA Mr. Abeibu Afeilibik, Prof. Baba Apidogo, GAA CEO Mr. Bawa Fuseini and General Manager of EDC Investment Limited.

Sponsors – Ghana Athletics Association (GAA), Voltic Mineral Natural Water, EDC Investment Limited, Awards Centre, Blue Skies, Citi tv, Athletics Hour.

Women’s Leading results

  1. Lariba Sakat Juliana – 29:29.91
  2. Sheriffa Moro – 30:02.51
  3. Rosina Titi – 30:24.10
  4. Addo Naomi – 30:29.63
  5. Ramata Abdulai – 31:26.28
  6. Elizabeth Azure – 31:42.76
  7. Reina Tuolong – 31:58.06
  8. Ahchike Evanee – 32:04.31
  9. Aziah Salamatu – 32:06.67
  10. Rosemary Arthur – 32:17.19

Men’s leading results

  1. Koogo Atia – 31:34.40
  2. David Nakousi – 32:05.47
  3. Ishmael Arthur – 32:09.50
  4. Basit Afful – 32:30.76
  5. Malik Yakubu – 32:32.14
  6. Seidu Salifu – 32:41.75
  7. Samuel Awini -32:52.40
  8. Ishmael Fialor – 33:01.84
  9. Raja Lagble – 33:08.53
  10. Anthony Amamoh – 33:09.05

Team results

Female

  1. Ghana Armed Forces
  2. Arrows Athletics Club
  3. High Morale Athletics Club

Male

  1. Ghana Armed Forces
  2. Ghana Prisons Service
  3. High Morale Athletics Club
  4. Adisadel College
  5. O.J. Athletics Club
  6. University of Ghana
  7. Accra Greater
  8. Volta
  9. Edinam
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  1. Ibrahim, I’m proud of you. I pray you reach where ever you want to 🙏🏽🤲🏽📿 I hope to see you…

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