University for Development Studies (UDS) were the biggest winners on the final day of Athletics at the ongoing GUSA Games at the University of Ghana, Legon.
UDS claimed gold in both the men and women 4x100m relay finals on Friday. They did so in style; by setting new records.
The men’s team produced a stunning performance to win the final with a time of 40.27seconds, beating the previous record which stood at 40.29seconds.
Their women’s team was absolutely incredible. They finished the race in 45.94seconds, smashing the previous record of 46.62seconds.
University of Ghana (UG) and the University of Cape Coast (UCC) shared the podium with UDS in both events. UG finished second as UCC placed third in the men’s event while UCC placed second and UG finished third in the women’s event.
Also on Friday, level 100 student of the University of Education, Winneba (UEW) Wiliam Amponsah emerged winner of the men’s 10,000m race, setting a new record.
Amponsah, 20, clocked a time of 29:53.078 to clear 32:42.80 record set by Malik Yakubu of UCC in 2018.
It was his second gold medal at this year’s games after winning the men’s 5000m race.
Amponsah emerged on the Ghanaian sporting scene when he won the Ghana First Athletics Marathon in 2019 with a record time of 33:14 minutes.
Ataylar Awini Samuel of UCC and UG’s Lagbe Komla Raja claimed silver and bronze respectively.
Another record was broken, this time in the men’s 800m by Charles Baah representing the University of Education, Winneba.
He finished with a time of 1.51.162, breaking 1:53.74 record he set two years ago whilst representing Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology.
UG’s Anglo Eric Noah, few meters away from the finished was in the lead, but was overtaken by the UEW athlete. Denyangri Jamal Deen of UDS finished in third place winning himself bronze.
In the women’s 800m final, Mercy Angaamchaab Mercy representing UCC won gold after crossing the finish line in 2:17.905.
UDS duo Abusuare Alhare and Rafattu Imoro claimed silver and bronze medals respectively.
The biggest shock of the day happened in men’s 200m final as favourite Benjamin Azamati finished fourth. The UG student and national sprint team champion had been backed to win the race after claiming gold in the 100m but he was disappointing and missed out on a medal.
The first position was taken by Edwin Gadayi of UCC. UEW’s Ibrahim Fuseini and Afiamah Wallace of UDS finished second and third respectively.