Martha Bissah headlined Ghana’s athletics news in 2015.

The 2014 world youth Olympics 800metres winner had a stagnated career when all thought she was going to cement her dominance. She fell out with her coach and as if that wasn’t enough, there were clashes with the Sports Ministry. 

Bissah could not obtain the qualification mark for the All Africa Games and that was only half of the story. That aside, track and field won four silver and three bronze in the country's medal haul of 19 at the All Africa Games in Brazzaville, Congo.

Despite the concerning issues about Bissah, javeline thrower John Ampomah was undisputedly Ghana’s best athlete of the year. The youngster broke the national time again within the year under review.

Joy Sports Ghana Sports Review 2015: Athletics

To put things into context, Ampomah (below, pictured) has broken the national nine times in the space of three years. To add to this, he won silver for Ghana at the All African Games in Congo. At the same competition, Jordan Yamoah grabbed silver despite Ghana’s inability to access his pole  weeks before the competition. Javelin thrower Mary Zutah.

Decathlete Atsu Nyamadi and quartet of Flings Owusu Agyapong, Gemma Acheampong, Beatrice Gyaman and Janet Amponsah were also silver medal winners at the event.

Joy Sports Ghana Sports Review 2015: Athletics

Discus thrower Julia Agawu won bronze alongside Ghana’s4x100 men’s team while Nadia Eke set a new national record of 13.40m in the women  triple jump to annex Bronze.

Joy Sports Ghana Sports Review 2015: Athletics

Looking ahead; long jumper Richard Seklorwu is one to keep an eye on. The youngster  became the first Ghanaian athlete ever to win a gold medal in the history of the Commonwealth Youth Games after jumping 7.67m  to clinch the boy’s long jump in Samoa.

On the downside:

Ghana did not have a representative at this year’s World Athletics Championship in Beijing, China, after two United States-based athletes, Janet Amponsah (below) and Alex Amankwaah were denied visas by the Chinese Embassy.

Joy Sports Ghana Sports Review 2015: Athletics


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Joy Sports Ghana Sports Review 2015: Athletics

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