Athletics

Ghanaian sprinter to compete with Olympic champions in Oslo

Benjamin Azamati of Ghana is one of Africa’s rising athletics stars in the 100m; Photo/Twitter
  • Benjamin Azamati will have an opportunity to compete with some of the world’s fastest runners in this year’s World Athletics diamond league in Oslo.
  • Azamati will go up against some of the world’s heavyweights including Olympic gold medalist, Lamont Marcell Jacobs

Ghana’s fastest runner, Benjamin Azamati will have an opportunity to compete with some of the world’s fastest runners after earning a chance to run in this year’s World Athletics diamond league in Oslo.

Azamati, who has run a personal best of 9.90s this year, will use the diamond league as a preparation tournament ahead of the upcoming Commonwealth Games.

In an interview with a local station in Ghana, this month Ghana’s athletes talked about the need to get the right preparations ahead of the subsequent competitions, and Ghana’s 100m national record holder will see this as a huge opportunity.

Azamati will go up against some of the world’s heavyweights including Olympic gold medalist, Lamont Marcell Jacobs, and South Africa’s Akani Simbine.

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Olympic gold medalist Lamont Marcell Jacobs; Photo/Twitter

Azamati after a great NCAA season with West Texas A&M will participate in the World Athletics Championships and the Commonwealth Games later in July.

Who is Benjamin Azamati

Benjamin Azamati of Ghana is one of Africa’s rising athletics stars in the 100m.

Ghana Sprinter and Olympian Benjamin Azamati set a new national record in 100m with a 9.90s run at the 2022 Texas Relays.

Azamati, who held the previous record of 9.97s, recorded a time of 9.90s, which is 0.07s faster in his first outdoor event of the 2022 season.

Ghanaian athlete Benjamin Azamati misses out in the semi finals -

Benjamin Azamati set a new national record in 100m with a 9.90s run at the 2022 Texas Relays; Photo/Ghanaweb

The West Texas A&M student currently sits top of the world rankings in terms of performances this year.

Speaking in an exclusive interview with Citi Sports, Azamati who also competes in the 200m says he has his eyes on that latest record.

The record in question, 20.08 seconds, set by his 4×100 relay teammate, Joseph Paul Amoah, has stood since 2019.

“I’m going to run the 200m and I feel good about it. I feel I can ran really well and qualify for the World Championships.

“This time I want to do the 100m and the 200m.

“So if I’m able to break the record, that’ll be good, but for now I’m looking at running the qualification time for the World Championships.

The World Athletics Championships run from July 15 to July 24, 2022.

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