Ghana’s Version of Usain Bolt Benjamin Azamati Wins Gold in Diamond League

Ghana’s Version of Usain Bolt Benjamin Azamati Wins Gold in Diamond League

Godwin Nii Armah Tagoe
  • Benjamin Azamati finished in pole position in only his second Diamond League Meet in the 100-metre race
  • The 24-year-old was the first Ghanaian to feature in the Diamond League since Myles Mills, Eric Nkansah, Andrew Owusu and Aziz Zakari
  • Benjamin earlier signed a lucrative sponsorship and endorsement pact with ASICS Running JP Global for two and half years, becoming the face of AISCS Global sprints

Ghanaian sprint king Benjamin Azamati clinched a gold medal in the 100m race at the Paris Diamond League Meet on Saturday, June 18.

Azamati clocked a time of 10.25s in the 100 metres race to finish ahead of French duo Fall Mouhamadou and Vicaut Jimmy. It was only his second-ever appearance at the Diamond League Meet after finishing in the fourth position in Oslo.

Despite Azamati’s Time being nowhere near his personal best and the new national record of 9.90secs ran at the 2022 Texas Relays earlier in March.

Benjamin Azamati, Diamond League, Sean-Safo Antwi, Paris, Ghana, sprint, Usain Bolt
Benjamin Azamati finished in the first position in only his second Diamond League Meet in Paris on Saturday, June 18 2022. Photo credit: @addojunr
Source: Twitter

Meanwhile, compatriot Sean Safo-Antwi placed 6th with a time of 10.45 seconds.

How has Azamati progressed into one of the best sprinters on the continent?

Azamati, a former student of the University of Ghana, Legon and currently of West Texas A&M University in March 2021, at a college meet in Texas, first broke the 22-year Ghana national record in 100m held by Leo Myles Mills with a time of 9.98secs by a second to record 9.97secs.

He is considered as one of Ghana's medal hopefuls ahead of the Commonwealth Games.

Benjamin Azamati finishes fourth in Diamond League debut

National 100m record holder, Benjamin Azamati, finished fourth on his Wanda Diamond League debut in Oslo on Thursday, June 16.

The US-based Ghanaian sprinter, who had previously ran 9.90s, 9.96s, and 9.86s earlier this season finished fourth with 10.15 seconds behind Canadian Andre De Grasse, Reece Prescod of Great Britain and Akane Simbine of South Africa.

Kenya and Africa's fastest man Ferdinand Omanyala wins yet another title

Earlier, Sports Brief reported that speedster Ferdinand Omanyala won the men’s 100m and 200m finals in the Athletics Kenya Track and Field Championships on Thursday morning.

He clocked 10.04 in the 100m to finish ahead of Benson Okoth and Tazana Kamanga. In the 200 metres category, Omanyala ran a time of 20.43 seconds.

The Athletics meet is being held at the Moi International Sports Centre to determine who will represent Kenya in Africa Athletics Championships slated for Mauritius from June 8th to June 12th.