GAA Rankings: Lydia Mato stays hot

Lydia Mato newThe weekend of May 17th has come and passed, but with it came Lydia Mato continuing what she is best known for: sprinting in the long distance races. At the NJCAA National Championships, Lydia Mato won all three races she competed in (the 10000m, the 5000m, and the 1500m) all in lifetime personal best times to add three more national championship gold medals to her already innumerable haul. This was a few days after she smashed the 23-year old national record in the 3000m.

Meanwhile, four of Ghana’s sprinters began to shift their gears to “fast”. Flings Owusu-Agyapong‘s fastest-ever time of 11.16s was just outside Vida Nsiah’s national record of 11.14s set in 2004. Flings would have been denied a national record anyway because the following wind was over 2.0 m/s; the wind also disallows her time for being acceptable as a World Championship and Olympic Games qualifier.

High-school phenom Suzie Acolatse responded more than adequately with her own fastest-ever time, running 11.46s; unfortunately, she was also deprived of a personal best by a following wind greater than 2.0 m/s.

Emmanuel Dasor was blessed by acceptable winds when he ran two sensational races to double as 200m/400m champion in the Conference-USA Championships. His performances of 20.61s in the 200m and 45.61s in the 400m are both African Games qualifiers, and bring him only inches away from the World Championship qualifying times. Both times are the fastest run by a Ghanaian athlete in many years, and he is the first Ghanaian to break into the 45-second zone since the late 1990s.

Defending NJCAA National Champion Janet Amponsah was hampered by a 6-hour rain delay before the finals of the sprint finals, but left the competition with lightning-fast times of 11.29s and 23.56s in the heats of the 100m and 200m, respectively.

Below are the latest GAA rankings:


**** Rio Olympic Games Qualifier

***   World Championship Qualifier

**     African Games A standard

*       African Games B standard

Indoor performance



Janet Amponsah                              11.29s****         25-Apr   Personal Best

Flings Owusu-Agyapong                 11.42s*                02-May

Gemma Acheampong                     11.49s*                02-May Personal Best

Suzie Acolatse                                  11.65s*                14-Mar

Shekara Boakye                               11.75s                  01-May Personal Best

Stefania Gyamfi                               11.80s                  03-May Personal Best

Beatrice Gyaman                             11.90s                  09-May ON GRASS

Doreen Agyei                                    11.93s                  04-Apr

Akua Obeng-Akrofi                          11.94s                  09-May, 10-May

Dorcas Gyimah                                 12.00s                  11-Apr   Personal Best

Happy Abruyah                                 12.17s                  09-May Personal Best ON GRASS

Janet Mensah                                   12.18s                  09-May ON GRASS


Janet Amponsah                              11.12s (5.1 m/s) 28-Mar

Flings Owusu-Agyapong                 11.16s (4.5 m/s) 16-May

Suzie Acolatse                                  11.46s (4.1 m/s) 15-May

Doreen Agyei                                    11.73s (3.8 m/s) 16-May

Akua Obeng-Akrofi                          11.78s (3.6 m/s) 11-Apr




Janet Amponsah                              23.04s****         25-Apr   Personal Best

Flings Owusu-Agyapong                 23.88s                  11-Apr   Personal Best

Suzie Acolatse                                  23.88s                  18-Apr   Personal Best

Stefania Gyamfi                               23.96s                  25-Apr   Personal Best

Akua Obeng-Akrofi                          24.05s                  07-Mar

Gemma Acheampong                     24.22s                  04-Apr, 01-May

Lynette Akai                                      24.26s                  30-Apr   Personal Best

Stephanie Aidoo                              24.30s                  12-Mar  Personal Best   

Juanita Mainoo                                24.30s                  02-May Personal Best

Doreen Agyei                                    24.31s                  02-May

Shekara Boakye                               24.84s                  21-Feb  

Kate Agyeman                                  25.14s                  14-Mar


Gemma Acheampong                     23.92s (3.7 m/s) 02-May

Doreen Agyei                                    24.28s (3.0 m/s) 16-May



Lynette Akai                                      54.34s                  16-May

Cheyenne Apesibah Tunti              55.29s                  11-Apr

Janet Amponsah                              55.88s                  18-Apr   Personal Best

Stephanie Aidoo                              56.20s                  13-Feb

Bless Dupeh                                      56.65s                  18-Apr   Personal Best

Salome Agyei                                    57.21s                  14-Mar

Ama Larbi                                          57.56s                  10-Jan



Agnes Abu                                         2.10.66m             03-Apr

Martha Bissah                                  2.12.78m             11-Apr

Salome Agyei                                    2.16.88m             27-Feb

Helen Maasutuo                              2.16.94m             27-Feb   Personal Best

Vivian Fosuaah                                 2.18.29m             27-Feb   Personal Best

Lydia Mato                                        2.18.35m             02-May



Agnes Abu                                         4.31.00m             03-Apr   Personal Best

Lydia Mato                                        4.33.84m             16-May Personal Best

Sakat Lariba                                      4.38.96m             14-Mar  Personal Best

Helena Maasotuo                            4.43.66m             14-Mar  Personal Best

Beatrice Konamah                           4.47.29m             09-May Personal Best  ON GRASS

Vida Ayaayine                                   4.48.98m             11-Apr   Personal Best


One Mile

Lydia Mato                                        5.03.35m             07-Mar



Lydia Mato                                          9.31.97m*         09-May National Record

Elizabeth Azuure                              10.16.67m           14-Mar  Personal Best

Charlotte Fordjour                          10.25.58m           14-Mar  Personal Best

Hawa Kombat                                  10.27.0m             11-Apr   Personal Best

Mariama Yakubu                             10.36.48m           27-Feb   Personal Best



Lydia Mato                                        16.39.37m           16-May Personal Best

Elizabeth Azuure                              17.06.73m           11-Apr   Personal Best

Sakat Lariba                                      17.36.02m           09-May Personal Best  ON GRASS



Lydia Mato                                        35.27.23m           14-May Personal Best



Elizabeth Dadzie                              13.95s*                18-Apr   Personal Best



Ama Larbi                                          59.64s                  03-Apr, 07-May


High Jump

Regina Yeboah                                   1.60m                 14-Mar

Ellen Botwe                                        1.60m                 14-Mar  Personal Best

Elizabeth Dadzie                                1.59m                 28-Mar


Long Jump

Elizabeth Dadzie                              6.29m*                07-May Personal Best

Ebony Owusu-Sampah                   6.15m*                16-May Personal Best

Nadia Eke                                          6.08m                   09-May Personal Best

Felicia Frimpong                              5.76m                   27-Feb   Personal Best

Latifa Ali                                            5.60m                   14-Mar  Personal Best

Ellen Botwe                                      5.49m                   27-Feb   Personal Best


Triple Jump

Nadia Eke                                          13.32m**            01-Mar, 14-Mar

Mathilde Boateng                           12.88m                21-Feb

Elizabeth Dadzie                              12.40m                07-Mar


Nadia Eke                                          13.39m (2.1m/s) 24-Apr

Elizabeth Dadzie                              12.61m (3.0 m/s) 11-Apr


Shot Putt

Claudia Ababio                                 14.18m                12-Feb



Claudia Ababio                                 45.00m                21-Mar  Personal Best

Myah Antwi                                      44.87m                10-Apr   Personal Best



Claudia Ababio                                 51.84m                01-May Personal Best



Mary Zuta                                          42.28m                11-Apr



Elizabeth Dadzie                              5144p*                 28-Mar





Solomon Afful                                  10.39s                  15-May Personal Best

Shadrack Adu-Gyamfi                     10.47s                  01-May Personal Best

John Osei Kofi                                  10.53s                  11-Apr   Personal Best

Emmanuel Dasor                             10.56s                  03-Apr

Tim Abeyie                                        10.58s                  18-Apr

Katakyie Ofori-Atta                         10.68m                28-Mar  Personal Best

Emmanuel Oduro-Mensah            10.70s                  11-Apr   Personal Best

Emmanuel Appiah-Kubi                  10.72s                  12-Mar

Stephen Opoku                                10.72s                  12-Mar

Desmond Aryee                               10.74s                  11-Apr

Shadrack Opoku-Agyeman            10.82s                  11-Apr   Personal Best

Roland Alena                                    10.87s                  12-Mar


Tim Abeyie                                        10.56s (2.2 m/s) 18-Apr



Emmanuel Dasor                             20.61s*                17-May Personal Best

Solomon Afful                                  20.68s*                02-May Personal Best

John Osei Kofi                                  21.22s                  14-Mar  Personal Best


Solomon Afful                                  20.68s (3.1 m/s) 15-May



Emmanuel Dasor                             45.61s*                17-May Personal Best   

Daniel Gyasi                                      46.30s                  11-Apr   Personal Best

Robert Anaak                                   48.42s                  14-Mar



Alex Amankwah                               1.45.91m***      03-Apr, 02-May  Personal Best (Ranked World #14)

Prince Owusu                                   1.49.93m             17-Apr

Herns Agyeman-Duah                     1.50.51m             03-Apr   Personal Best

Sampson Azumah Laari                  1.51.48m             18-Apr   Personal Best



Sampson Azumah Laari                  3.52.55m             10-Apr   Personal Best

Alex Amankwah                               3.55.23m             28-Mar  Personal Best


One Mile

Samson Azumah Laari                    4.21.01m             07-Mar



Prosper Goku                                    8.50.45                09-May Personal Best



Samson Azumah Laari                    15.21.92m           21-Feb

Malik Yakubu                                    15.24.63m           14-Mar



Yakabu Ibrahim                                14.60s                  03-May

Roland Attoh-Okine                        14.64s                  17-Apr   Personal Best

Atsu Nyamadi                                   14.86s                  02-May Personal Best


Yakabu Ibrahim                                14.26s (3.1 m/s) 26-Apr

Atsu Nyamadi                                   14.80s (3.9 m/s) 15-May



Awal Faisal Mohamed                    53.70s                  14-Mar  Personal Best

Barnabas Dompeh Aryee               53.73s                  14-Mar  Personal Best

Duncan Nuakoh Agyeman             53.85s                  14-Mar  Personal Best


Pole Vault

Jordan Yamoah                                  5.36m**            09-May

Atsu Nyamadi                                     4.10m                 25-Apr, 15-May  Personal Best


High Jump

Atsu Nyamadi                                     2.01m                 01-Feb

Kofi Boison                                         2.00m                 09-May ON GRASS


Long Jump

Michael Bruce                                    7.56m                 08-May Personal Best

Richard Seklorwu                               7.44m                 14-Mar  Personal Best

Mohammed Abubakar                      7.38m                 22-Apr

Atsu Nyamadi                                     7.34m                 01-Feb

Solomon Atosona                              7.23m                 07-Mar


Triple Jump

Nana Owusu-Nyantekyi                 15.67m                01-Mar

Edgar Panford                                  15.63m                21-Mar

Michael Bruce                                  15.31m                01-Mar 

Martin Etsey                                     15.17m                11-Apr

Mohammed Abukakar                    15.09m                02-May Personal Best

Atsu Nyamadi                                   15.04m                06-Dec


Shot Putt

Emmanuel Ofori-Asante                15.77m                11-Apr

Atsu Nyamadi                                   14.20m                09-Jan

John Ampomah                                14.13m                09-Jan



Emmanuel Ofori-Asante                45.54m                09-May

Atsu Nyamadi                                   45.49m                02-May Personal Best

Daniel Eshun                                     43.37m                09-May Personal Best

Robertson Tay                                  42.10m                09-May Personal Best

Awudu Bachela                                41.14m                09-May



John Ampomah                                81.55m**            25-Apr   National Record (Ranked World #16)

Atsu Nyamadi                                   65.63m                09-Apr

Awudu Bachela                                61.64m                14-Mar  Personal Best

Emmanuel Gyefa                             60.25m                14-Mar  Personal Best



Atsu Nyamadi                                   7532p**              09-Apr   National Record