By: Edna A.
Accra, June 13, GNA - Ghana’s sensational marathon runner Sakat Larriba, emerged first in the Women 5000m race in a time of 16: 37.30 ahead of Azuure Elizabeth and Mumuni Asibi, in the finals of the National Circuit Championship held at the Cape Coast Sports Stadium.
The competition, which offers the athletes the final opportunity to meet the qualification standard for the Africa Senior Athletics Championship in Durban, South Africa later this month and the Rio Olympic Games, was keenly contested by the local and the foreign based athletes and other West African countries including Togo, Ivory Coast and Burkina Faso.
The long distance runner, Larriba though emerged first, failed to qualify for the championship in South Africa and on her part, she will intensify her training to qualify for other up-coming International competitions.
In the Men 400m race, John O’brien from the Greater Accra Region finished first with a time of 47.23s to run past Samuel Yara the Ghana Immigration Service (GIS) runner, Duncan Agyemang (47.45s) and William Segbefia (47.79s) from the Greater Accra Region whilst Martin Owusu Antwi won the Men 100m race in a time of 10.48s ahead of Desmond Aryee (10.57s), Emmanuel Yeboah (10.60s) and Shadrack Opoku Agyemang (10.70s).
Godwin Adukpo from CEPS ran a time of 29:07.39 as he won the 10000m Men finals with Prosper Awasiame (29:08.11), Malik Yakubo (29:08.46) and Joseph Yandal (29:09.62) following in that order.
Josephine Anokye from the Ghana Armed Forces brushed off competition from six other contenders to win the Women 200m category with a time of 24.17 and Jacquelin Bludu from the Ghana Police Service won the 400m Women hurdles with 1:02.11.
In other interesting events, Deborah Acquah from CEPS made a mark of 13.00 to place first, whilst Mary Zuta finished first with 48.82 ahead of Margaret Simpson (47. 22) to win the Women javelin and Regina Yeboah (1.80) beating Abigail Kwarteng (1.75) in the Women High Jump division.
The Deputy Minister of Youth and Sports Vincent Opong Asamoah present at the Stadium stated that, he was impressed by the performance of the athletes especially Regina Yeboah who displayed an excellent performance in the High Jump category and that he will hold talks with the Municipal of Berekum where Yeboah hails from to hand her a package.
The Deputy Minister called on corporate entities to support the discipline grow in the country.