The 56th University of Ghana/Total Inter hall Athletics competition beheld a remarkable conclusion on Monday at the UG Stadium.
The Akuafo Hall Men’s 4×100m relay quartet had the last bite of excitement, with the likes of Lawrence Osei and Choro Gideon inspiring the route to victory with brilliant runs.
Their effective baton change technique proved magical in a race that had to be decided with the ‘photo finish’.
The Farmers finished ahead of Mensah Sarbah and Hilla Limann hall moments after Commonwealth Hall had dropped their baton.
It was a great spectacle in the women’s 800m, as African games (400m) bronze medalist Grace Obour, strode to a resounding non-scoring victory.
Obour possessed all the ingredients to manufacture a new UG 800m record, but her incredible run did not score, given the IAAF regulations which has it that athletes cannot compete in more than 3 events in a single competition.
Cynthia Anafo of the Akuafo hall became the beneficiary of Obour’s ineligibility in the medal zone.
Cynthia was promoted to a gold finish in her stead with a time of 2.37secs.
In the field events, Cadman E. Yamoah of the Commonwealth Hall equalled his own record set past year in the Men’s long jump.
Cadman overcame a height of 2.05meters to clinch gold.
Johnson Boakye Yiadom recorded the best trial in the Men’s discus with a throw as far as 38.88m to bag gold medal ahead of fellow compatriot Dominic McCarthy also of Commonwealth hall.
In the women’s version of the field events, Doreen Gagba of Akuafo Hall prevailed above her compatriots, winning gold in the long jump.
She produced a jump as good as 5.09meters to be crowned queen of Long jump.
Winner of Ghana’s fastest human 2019 and 4×100 gold medalist at the African games, Azamati Benjamin’s incredible run saw him finish at a time 21.51sec to pick gold in the men’s 200m.
Azamati was however -0.11secs short of E.C.O Addy’s record set in 1964.
Unuversity of Ghana’s three-time 200m gold medalist, Michael Baiden did not feature in the race which was expected to be a stern Azameti-Baiden challenge.
Commonwealth duo of Cadman Yamoa and Aglo Eric Noah made big headlines as they shattered records in the men’s Pole Vault and 800m.
Aglo Noah clocked a personal best of 1.54sec to beat Ohene Asare’s time demand of 1.56sec set as far back as 1963.
Cadman Bettered his record of 3.33m set in 2018.
At the end of day 3 of the UG/Total inter Hall Athletics championship, Commonwealth and Volta hall were crowned the overall winners.
Commonwealth Hall emerged as winners of the male category with a total of 27 medals (11 gold, 8 silver and 6 bronze) whereas the Mensah Sarbah Hall were crowned champions of the female category with 18 medals in all (7 gold, 6 silver and 5 bronze).
The prevailing halls were given trophies for their great exploits.
Story by: Dampte-Larbi Godfred | Univers Sports | universnewsroom.com