Raymond French from the Takoradi Technical University (TTU) became the centre of attraction during the final of the Ghana Technical University Sports Association (GHATUSA) athletics competition held at the El-Wak Sports Stadium in Accra.
After stunning the spectators to win the men’s 100m event with a time of 10.65 seconds, French was on hand again to clock a time of 21.21 seconds to claim gold in the 200m event to a standing ovation from the spectators who converged on the stadium.
Isaac Botsio also from TTU clocked a time of 10.73 sec. to place second in the 100m, while Abdul Rashid Saminu came third with a time of 10.85 sec, and in the 200m men’s event, Iddrisu Musah of TTU came second with a time of 21.79 sec, with Emmanuel Mensah Oduro from Kumasi Technical University clocking 21.93 sec to win the bronze.
The women’s 100m saw a close contest between Benedicta Hagan of the Cape Coast Technical University (CTU) and Charity Opoku of Accra Technical University (ATU). While the latter came first with a time of 12.94 sec, Opoku followed closely with a time of 13.09sec.
Abdulai Salamatu from the Tamale Technical University (TATU) was the victor in the women’s 200m race, clocking a time of 26.04 sec. She was followed closely by Charity Opoku of ATU with a time of 26.30 sec, while Benedicta Hagan from CATU came third in a time of 26.51 sec.
The men’s 400m final, which was keenly contested for, saw Daniel Otibu from Accra Technical University clocking a time of 48.25 seconds to emerge winner, with Ernest Amoako from the Kumasi Technical University (KTU) coming second with a time of 48.93 sec, while Razak Odoom from ATU followed with a time of 49.46 seconds.
Ethel Amissah from ATU won the women’s 400m race before school mate Hawa Amadu stopped the time at 1.72 seconds for the second position and KTU’s Rabiatu Mohammed stopped the clock at 1.01 seconds.
The 5,000m men’s final saw Mark Owusu from TATU beating a pack of 16 others to win with a time of 15:58.6 minutes, followed by Fuseini Issah from KTU in 16:04.7 minutes and Matthew Akpanglo from ATU in 16:18.8 minutes.
The women’s 3000m followed suit with Elizabeth Ewusie from TATU coming first with a time of 11:03.3 minutes followed by Wasilatu Ibrahim from TATU in a time of 11:20.4 minutes and Christiana Ahoma from Koforidua Technical University (KOTU) in a time of 11:44.6 minutes.
In the women’s 800m, Rosemary Arthur from TATU came first in the time of 2:22.2 minutes while fellow schoolmate Florence Narkotey placed second with a clock stoppage of 2:24.0 minutes and Vivian Fosuah of KTU coming home in the third position in a time 2:24.0 minutes.