Amponsah qualifies for Africa Cross Country Championship

Accra, Feb. 23, GNA - Ghana's long-distance runner William Amponsah has qualified for the Africa Cross Country Championship scheduled for Lome, Togo on March 6, 2021.

Amponsah, a student of the University of Education, Winneba secured his qualification at the 2021 Ghana Athletics Association (GAA) Cross Country Championship held in Accra last Saturday.

Amponsah clocked an impressive 35:49.34 in the 12km race while Ishmael Arthur of the Ghana Armed Forced placed second with a time of 36:50.84. Samuel Ataylar Awini came third with a time of 37:18.08

Amponsah in an interview with GNA Sports after securing his qualification was elated and said he was ready for the main race in Togo.

“The race was a tough one but thank God I qualified for the Africa Championship and I have already started preparing for the task ahead.

“I would have to put in hard work if I am to make any meaningful impact in the Africa Championship but I hope to be ready when the time is due,” he said.

The female’s cross-country race also saw Lariba Juliana Zakat also secure her qualification to Africa Cross Country Championship after placing first in a time of 42:29.3.

Elizabeth Azure came second with a time of 44:58.2 while Hildermary Bayor placed third with a time of 45:12.0.
Amponsah in December won the first-ever Sekondi-Takoradi Marathon, to confirm his dominance in the long-distance race in Ghana