Athletics: Ghana’s quartet qualify for IAAF World Championships

Author: Beatrice Laryea
Ghana's female sprints quartet finished seventh at the IAAF World Relays in Yokohama

Ghana’s quartet of Flings Owusu-Agyapong, Gemma Acheampong, Persis William-Mensah and Hor Harlutie have qualified to the 2019 IAAF World Athletics Championships to be staged in Doha, Qatar, from September 28 to October 6.

The quartet achieved the feat yesterday after they finished seventh within a time of 44.77sec in the final of the women’s 4x100m relay at the IAAF World Relay Championships in Yokohama, Japan.

United States’ quartet of Mikia Brisco, Ashley Henderson, Dezerea Bryant and Aleia Hobbs won the race in a time of 43.27sec while Jamaica and Germany were second and third respectively.

The Ghanaians advanced to the final of the women's 4x100m relays last Saturday after they finished second in a time of 44.12sec behind Denmark (43.90NR) in heat 2 of the event.

In last Saturday’s race, a chaotic heat 2 event saw Great Britain and France dropped their batons and did not finish their races while Canada were disqualified as Ghana finished second to book a place in the finals.

Nigeria also encountered baton change problems before recovering to finish in fourth place but missed out on the finals.

The ladies become the third set of Ghanaian athletes to qualify for the World Championships in Doha after Joseph Amoah and Josephine Anokye also qualified last month.