Athletics - Flings Owusu-Agyapong makes it to Rio

BY: Kweku Zurek
Flings Joyner Owusu-Agyapong

Female athlete Flings Joyner Owusu-Agyapong became the fourth Ghanaian athlete to qualify for the 2016 Olympic Games in Brazil when she dipped below the 11.32 seconds qualifying mark in the 100 metres dash at the 2016 Miami Hurricane Alumni Invitational held last Saturday at the University of Miami, USA.

The 27-year-old sprinter finished third in a time of 11.30 seconds behind winner Tiffany Townsend (11.23seconds) and second-placed Shalonda Solomon (11.27seconds).

Her impressive time also gained her entry into the African Championship in Athletics which takes place in South Africa later this year. 

Flings joins a list of Ghanaian athletes including  Alabama University 800- metres runner, Alex Amankwah, sprinter Sean Safo-Antwi and javelin thrower, John Ampomah who have booked a spot for the 2016 Olympics which starts on August 5 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.  


Her compatriot, Gemma Acheampong, also finished fifth in the same race, establishing a new personal best of 11.48 seconds, which fell short of the Olympic Games mark, but eclipsed the African Championships in Athletics 100 metres B standard of 11.61 seconds.