Dasor picks ticket for London 2017

BY: Beatrice Laryea
Emmanuel Dasor

Ghana’s 400m star, Emmanuel Dasor has given Ghana a third ticket to this year’s Athletics World Championships in London after making the qualification time at the USA Outdoor Championship over the weekend.

Dasor, who had been pushing for qualification since the athletics outdoor season began, finally made it with a personal best time of 45.43secs, seven seconds better than the required 45.50secs  last Sunday at the USA championship staged at El Paso, Texas and becomes the second track and field star, after female sprinter, Janet Amponsah first qualified last month for the International Athletic Association Federation (IAAF) world event to take place in London in August.

Nadia Eke, the African triple jump champion, has automatically qualified with her feat.

Dasor, a  Western Kentucky University student,  finished second behind Emmanuel Korir, the fourth fastest 400m runner in the world this year, in the final at the El Paso Meet, from a final pack that had a number of athletes who were hoping to qualify for the London Games.

The qualification comes as a reward for Dasor who dipped under 46 seconds in his first race of the outdoor season, clocking 45.93s at the Florida Relays last April 1. 

He again opened his 200m outdoor campaign with 20.55 seconds, just short of the 20.44s for the IAAF World Championships.

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The former T. I. Amass student is now set to make his maiden appearance at the World Championships, having made his Olympic bow at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.

He represented Ghana at the World Junior Championships, Commonwealth Games, African Championships, All African Games, World Indoor Championships as well as Olympic Games and will be making his debut at the IAAF World Championships to be held in London in August.