Benjamin Azamati starts season in blistering form
Benjamin Azamati ran the quickest time among Ghana’s track and field athletes as they pushed to start their 2023 outdoor season.
His time of 9.99 seconds at the Jo Meaker Classic and Multi means four Ghanaian athletes are now running under 10.10s in the 100m event already.
There was a clean sweep for Ghana in the 100m finals at the Jo Meaker Classic and Multi, as Isaac Botsio and Joseph Manu of West Texas A&M University finished in second and third places, respectively.
Botsio’s time of 10.06s was a jump from his Texas Relays best 10.21s, set only a week ago from the event, while Manu clocked 10.08s.
Botsio, still in his freshman year at West Texas, was named an all-American in March and after his 10.06s run, was named a national athlete of the week.
Meanwhile, Ghana’s 200m record holder, Joseph Paul Amoah, has signed a sponsorship with ASICS, a Japanese multinational corporation that specialises in sportswear.
Amoah says he feels blessed to be signed on by ASICS after compatriot and national men's 100m record-holder, Benjamin Azamati, who signed with the Japanese sportswear and equipment brand in 2022.
“I am forever grateful to God, my family, my agent, coaches, teammates, and everyone that made this possible. I am not going to stop working hard and trusting the process,” Amoah said on Instagram.
His signing comes after winning bronze for Ghana in the 200m event of the Commonwealth Games, joining 22-time Grand Slam champion, Novak Djokovic, and three-time major singles champion, Iga Swiatek.