The Early Life Of The Ghanaian Olympian Joseph Paul Amoah
Joseph Paul Amoah the first Ghanaian athlete to qualify for Tokyo 2020.
The Early Life Of The Ghanaian Olympian Joseph Paul Amoah. Amoah has personal best (PB) times of 10.01 seconds and 20.08 seconds in the 100 metres and 200 metres respectively, both set at the 2019 NCAA Division I Championships. His personal best performance in the 200 metres broke the Ghanaian record previously held by three-time Olympian Emmanuel Tuffour by 0.07 seconds.
Amoah was born on 12 January 1997 to Thomas and Alberta Amoah in Greater Accra, Ghana, and was raised by his uncle Dr Victor Antwi from middle school onwards. His preferred sport growing up was football but transitioned to athletics while attending Prempeh College in Kumasi where his running talent was discovered. As a 19-year old he emerged as an Olympic hopeful for Ghana in the sprints after running 100 metres in 10.08 seconds at the 2016 Ghana’s Fastest Human competition. His record is still there up to date no one has broken it.
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After his prep career at Prempeh College, he decided to quit athletics when enrolling into Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST). However, the head coach of athletics at KNUST had heard of Amoah’s talent while at Prempeh college and convinced Amoah to join the team with the help of his uncle. In 2017 he transferred to Coppin State University in Baltimore. He got this opportunity through an athletic scholarship which he competes in Division I of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), the highest level of intercollegiate athletics in the United States.
At the 2019 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference Championships in May, Amoah became the first Ghanaian in any sport to qualify for the 2020 Summer Olympics by running 200 metres in a personal best time of 20.20 seconds. It was the fastest performance from a Ghanaian since 1995 and also qualified him for the 2019 World Athletics Championships. Later in June of that season at the NCAA Division I Championships, he improved his personal best times in the 100 metres and 200 metres to 10.01 seconds and 20.08 seconds respectively. He broke three-time Olympian Emmanuel Tuffour’s 24-year old Ghanaian record in the 200 metres (20.15 seconds, set at altitude), and qualified for the 2020 Summer Olympics in the 100 metres.
Joseph Paul Amoah, in February 2020, regained his 200m Indoor National record after clocking 20.75 seconds in the Bruce Lehane Scarlet and White Invitational competition in Boston, USA.
Joseph Amoah was part of Ghana’s 4x100m men’s relay team that won gold at the 2019 African Games in Rabat, Morocco.
Before participating in the 2019 African Games, the 23-year-old officially became the first Ghanaian across all sports to qualify for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics. Paul Amoah posted some of his graduation photos on his Instagram account.
He wrote: “Not about Where you are, but WHO you are… 2020 was my most anticipated year but hasn’t been the best so far. In all things, we give thanks to GOD.” Joseph is now a degree holder in Bachelor of Science in Accounting. The Early Life Of The Ghanaian Olympian Joseph Paul Amoah
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