Arthur sets new Millennium Marathon record

BY: Kwame Larweh
Ismael Arthur(middle) celebrates his win as he is joined on the podium by Atia Koogo (left) and Bassit Afful (right)

Ishmael Arthur from the Ghana Armed Forces emerged as the winner of this year’s Millenium Marathon with a record of 1:02:05secs.

Arthur, who won the 2018 edition of the marathon and also finished third in the 2019 edition, defied a strong field of 5,000 athletes to reclaim the title in Accra last Saturday.

His record was 46 seconds less than the previous record held by William Amponsah, who won the Sekondi-Takoradi Half Marathon in 2020 in a time of 1:02:51secs.

Atia Koogo from the University of Education, Winneba, placed second in a time of 1:02:54secs, while Bassit Afful from the University of Ghana came third in a time of 1:03:03secs.

It was also the first time that all three male winners finished the 21km half marathon under 64 minutes.

Female winners
In the female division, Titi Rosina emerged tops with a time of 1:16:50secs, with Sarah Koomson and Sharifa Moro following in that order.

The male and female winners were rewarded with GH¢15,000 each, medals, certificates, shoes from Sketchers, while the two second-placed athletes went home with GH¢8,000 each, certificates, shoes from Sketchers and medals. The third-placed runners were also rewarded with GH¢5,000 each, shoes from Sketchers and medals.

The Osu Mantse, Nii Teteete Nortey Owuo IV, graced the occasion.

The Race Director, Mrs Catherine Morton, later thanked participants for a great show and hinted that the competition would be replicated in the other regions of the country.

The sponsors of the event included GNPC, Zonda, Fidelity Bank, Sketchers and Garmin.