Tokyo Olympic Games were nerve-wracking - Benjamin Azamati

Tokyo Olympic Games were nerve-wracking – Benjamin Azamati

Benjamin Azamati, the Ghanaian 100m record holder, has admitted that he felt worried before of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. Tokyo Olympic Games were nerve-wracking for me – Benjamin Azamati.

In an interview with George Addo Jr. on Joy News, he said that starting the race with the world’s second fastest man by his side made him feel insecure psychologically, and that instead of concentrating, he lost focus lack of experience.

“I’ve learned a lot,” he remarked, “and the Olympic Games have given me a lot of experience.”
The 23-year-old finished fourth in the event, which was won by Australia’s Rohan Browning, with Jamaica’s Yohan Blake coming in second.

Azamati, a University of Ghana alumnus who now attends West Texas A&M University, stated his pride in being an Olympian and voiced his desire for continued athletic achievement.
“I don’t simply want to represent and run; I want to win accolades for myself and my country,” he stated emphatically.

He advocated for increased attention to people who wish to participate in sports at the university, including stipends to allow them to go to Athletics meets and the necessity for specialised training programs, as well as trainers on the field and in the gym.
Azamati, Ghana’s Fastest Human in 2019, holds the national record for the 100 metres dash in 9.97 seconds.

He did not expect to run a time of 10.13 seconds at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, and he blamed it on a lack of sufficient preparations in terms of competitiveness at meets to maintain his speed, strength, and condition.

At the 2019 African Games in Rabat, Morocco, he was part of Ghana’s gold-medal-winning quartet in the men’s 4×100 meters, and he then competed in the World Athletics Championships in Doha, Qatar.

He stated that he will shine in 2022, focusing on the World Championships in Oregon, USA, and the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham, UK, with his deep belief in dedication, discipline, and ambition.

Azamati has won some of the prestigious awards in 2020 and 2021 season both in Ghana and United States respectively. He was recently named as the SWAG Male Athlete of Year in Ghana.

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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